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11 Telltale Signs You’re Sleep Deprived

By Meredith Carroll |

New mom

Check back in 18 years. You know, when the kid leaves for college.

People love to joke about sleep deprivation and new parents. Ha ha, it’s so funny — you’ll never sleep again, they say.

Of course no one is kidding. Seriously, it’s not a joke. You have a new baby, you don’t sleep. And you don’t sleep, you’re not in the mood to laugh. Or live, really.

There are telltale signs that you’re a sleep deprived new parent. They’re hard to miss. Unless, of course, you’re so tired that you miss everything. In that case, here are the top 11 signs you’re in need of an Ambien (or 12):


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Sleep? I'm sorry — what's that?

You put things where you shouldn't

Is that cream I grabbed out of the fridge and put in my coffee? … Or was it breastmilk? On second thought, who cares as long as it’s coffee I put in my coffee.

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Meredith Carroll

Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “11 Telltale Signs You’re Sleep Deprived

  1. Bre says:

    #12 – when you get more than 5 hours of sleep in a row you are MORE tired than before…why must our babies tease us into thinking we will be well rested at some point…

  2. Meredith Carroll says:

    @Bre – Ah! Good one!

  3. Rachel says:

    I laugh.Oh, how I laugh. Bitterly.

    (Baby is 8 months old, endlessly teething, has an interminable cold, and forgot everything he knew about napping and sleeping over the holidays.)

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