Parenting50 Bizarre Behaviors of Sleep-Deprived Moms

50 Bizarre Behaviors of Sleep-Deprived Moms

If you are a mom then chances are you have experienced sleep-deprivation. After tending to your babies throughout the night, you force your bone-weary body out of bed to perform the various roles you play throughout the day: mother, wife, employee, domestic goddess. The fact that you get through the day in one piece is nothing short of a miracle. In your tired state, you have surely had several oops moments you would rather not admit to. Here are 50 bizarre behaviors of sleep-deprived moms:

  1. Pour breast milk or formula into your coffee mug instead of creamer.
  2. Jump out of the way whenever someone tries to include you in a picture.
  3. Wear yesterday’s make-up.
  4. Borrow diapers, wipes, and kid clothes from friends, neighbors, strangers, and lost-and-found.
  5. Throw hair in a wet bun instead of brushing it after showering.
  6. Drop your kids off at the gym daycare and then take a nap in the car.
  7. Instantly befriend other tired-looking moms and bond over your lack of sleep.
  8. Get lost on your way home, even though you have driven this same road a thousand times.
  9. Use your car as a trash bin and/or a storage unit for everything kid related.
  10. Skip shaving all together, except for date night (and sometimes even then).
  11. Use television as a babysitter.
  12. Eat dinner for breakfast (cold pizza) and breakfast for dinner (cereal).
  13. Skip showers and just put on more deodorant.
  14. Doze off in inappropriate places or in awkward positions.
  15. Drink more than 3 cups of coffee before noon. (Admit it. Your Starbuck’s barista has your coffee order memorized.)
  16. Throw away kids’ clothes when the poop stains are too intense to deal with.
  17. Sit on the toilet far longer than necessary to get some alone time.
  18. Chew gum instead of brushing your teeth.
  19. Accidentally lock keys and/or kids in the car.
  20. Skip walking the dog again.
  21. Avoid the mailbox: if you don’t see bills then they don’t exist and you don’t have to deal with them.
  22. Forget to get mail for so many days that it’s returned to the post office.
  23. Forget what day of the week it is.
  24. Envy everyone who looks well rested.
  25. Worship anyone willing to come over and watch your children while you rest.
  26. Play your children’s music in the car when they are not in the car.
  27. Use your significant other’s toothbrush because you can’t find yours.
  28. Re-read the same page of your book over and over again and then give up reading.
  29. Leave groceries and/or baby bottles in the car and forget about them until your car starts to smell.
  30. Start drinking alcohol at 4PM because you need to survive the next few hours before your kids go to sleep.
  31. Spend the whole day looking forward to your kids’ naps and bedtimes.
  32. Make personal doctor’s appointments and then forget to show up.
  33. Celebrate whenever someone cancels plans with you because it means you get to stay home and do nothing.
  34. Go to the grocery store and forget everything you need.
  35. Buy everything online. (On behalf of tired mothers everywhere, thank you, Amazon Prime!)
  36. Tell yourself that “Someday I will sleep again,” “Tomorrow I will leave the house,” or “Tomorrow I will exercise.”
  37. Dye your hair a darker color, so you don’t have to keep up with highlights or other hair treatments.
  38. Forget if you fed your cat/dog/fish and so feed them twice.
  39. Forget if you shut your garage or if you turned off your iron, curling iron, oven, or stove and have to turn the car around.
  40. Wear yoga pants every day and occasionally put them on inside out.
  41. Put lotion, hand soap, or hemorrhoid cream on your toothbrush.
  42. Leave laundry in the washing machine until it smells and then wash it again.
  43. Bump into every surface of your house and have at least 10 unexplained bruises.
  44. Melt down in inappropriate places and in front of anyone lucky enough to see you that day—neighbors, pediatrician, UPS drivers, among others.
  45. Crash your car into the garage door or have other fender benders often.
  46. Buy paper plates and cups so you don’t have to deal with dishes.
  47. Laugh uncontrollably at things that just aren’t funny and find yourself wondering if you are losing your mind.
  48. Have every intention of making a delicious meal, buy the ingredients, and then watch them expire in your refrigerator.
  49. Wish that for just one day your partner could breastfeed your child.
  50. Remember the days when you had your act together and wonder if they will ever return.

If any of the above behaviors applies to you, you are a sleep-deprived mom. Welcome to the club! Membership is free and will last for the next 18 years.

About the author


My name is Lauren Lodder, and I live in The Woodlands, Texas with my husband and two young daughters.

Before becoming a stay-at-home mom and a freelance writer, I was an English professor in California.

There is nothing I love more than reflecting on and writing about my parenting experiences–since I am continuously evolving my views.

Motherhood rocks and it is the flipping hardest job ever!


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