There are periods in our lives when getting a full night’s rest is not an option. When you have a baby, you quickly realize that her sleep schedule is now your sleep schedule.
Babies can always sense when you have a big meeting in the morning, because those are the nights where they choose to be extra fussy.
Early on as a parent, I remember watching my son taking a nap one afternoon. He was out like a light. After another night of waking up every few hours to feed him, change his diaper, or get puked on, I thought to myself, “That looks amazing. I’m going to try it myself.”
And I did. And it was amazing. Since that moment, whenever I don’t feel 100% and there is an opportunity, I will sneak in a 30-45 minute nap. Nothing in the world feels like waking up from a good nap. It’s completely restorative.
This is an excerpt from 40@40: Learn to Love Sleep.
In celebration of my 40th birthday, I decided to write 40 blog posts to reflect on 40 of the most important lessons I have learned throughout my life. You can follow the full series here: