My partner and I live on a gorgeous piece of property with an awesome couple, Tom and Diane. Diane has a herd of goats and a small dairy with the best raw goat milk around (for those who can tolerate dairy). We intended to breed three of the does however, through a series of mishaps including a very sneaky buck, all nine ended up pregnant. Needless to say it's been a busy birthing season with our current count at thirteen kids with two more births to go. Generally speaking, other than being present for the birth, it doesn't require a lot of extra time and attention on our end. However, we have two baby girls (ironically not even from our herd) whose Mom rejected them.
They are the sweetest little twin girls and they have to be bottle fed ... every 5-6 hours. Diane, bless her, covered most of the evening feeding until she left town for a well deserved vacation. For the last six days I've had to feed the girls at 11:00 pm and 5:00 am which, as you can see, does not allow for my usual 8-9 hours of sleep. So here is what baby goats taught me about sleep.
It's important ... really, really, really, important. I'm not even that sleep deprived. I'm still getting a solid six hours. However, the bags under my eyes aren't so attractive, I'm craving sugar like nobody's business, and although I often enjoy decaf bulletproof coffee, fully caffeinated joe has entered the picture ... more than once. In essence, my stress hormones are a little wacky and it's causing me to crave sugar, caffeine, and snacks. It's been a really fascinating opportunity to see just how much I'd taken for granted the benefits of my sleeping habit. I am very much looking forward to Diane's return after which I'll suggest she take the 11:00pm shift (being a night owl) and I cover the 5:00 am feeding (morning bird over here) so we can both continue to prioritize sleep.
Have you gone through a period of less than ideal sleep? What did you notice? On the flip side, if you've spent years sleeping less than eight hours and recently starting sleep more, what has shifted for you?
As lastly, here are a couple videos for your viewing pleasure!