Has anyone who has finally come through the sleep deprivation thing tell us what it's like to finally get some decent sleep?
Were you less snappy? Were you more patient with the kids? Were you more interested in nookie with DP? Was life generally nicer?
Like many on here I haven't had a full night's sleep in nearly 5 years so can't remember what it's like - and I have never done parenting without the sleep deprivation thrown in as well - I'd just like to know what it's like the other side (will I be just as grumpy with DH but no longer have disturbed sleep as an excuse? )
Took about 2 years to regain a sensible sleep pattern after dd started sleeping through reasonably regularly (age about 3.5 to 4), and actually be able to sleep through myself again but it came back and you can believe we really appreciate our sleep now.
dd2 has been a fairly "wakeful" sleeper iykwim. (sorry, I was trying to describe her positively)
Anyway, she will be 2 in a few weeks...she (I hope we have finally cracked it) has slept more or less through from 8pm ish until 7am or even a bit later for the past week.
Prior to this I had a difficult pg so haven't slept well for about 2.5 years.
In answer to your op (you may not want to hear this!) I feel a bit worse. My theory is that I am going into far deeper sleep so when I am woken after a good 7-8 hours I am still knackered. I guess my body is trying desperately to catch up on the months upon months of very disturbed sleep.
I expect that in a week or two (subject to her continuing to sleep well) I shall feel significantly beter.
Do you know, its taken me 4 months to start feeling great after a good nights sleep ! For a long long while I felt awful if I had a solid 7 hours or more !! Think my body was just so used to being up 2 or 3 times in the night...