Think you’re the only mother going crazy from lack of sleep? Well take solace in the idea that these celebrity mothers are suffering too. It’s not all parties and Hollywood acceptance speeches you know. Being a mum and feeling sleep deprived is universal. See what everyone, from Victoria Beckham to Myleene Klass, has to say about it…
‘Sleep’s not a very big part of my life right now. But that’s fine. It’s kind of part of the deal.’
‘Even though I have a baby that wakes up anywhere between 5.30 and 6.30am in the morning, I still cannot get myself to bed before, like, 1am every night. I am falling apart under the weight of lack of sleep.’
‘It’s exhausting. If I could sleep more, I would be the happiest woman in the whole world. I’m not sleeping and it’s showing. But I’m so blessed… I am totally going to stop complaining.’
‘I Googled sleep psychosis because I thought I was going crazy. I mean sleep-deprivation psychosis; I can’t even remember what it’s called now. I’m exhausted.’
‘The first week I was like, “I’m doing this, I’m good. I can not sleep, I can do this.” I don’t know where you get that energy from. Then it hits you — the fatigue.’
‘I went through a really hard time – not right after the baby, but when Coco turned six months. I couldn’t sleep. My heart was racing. And I got really depressed. I went to the doctor and found out my hormones had pummelled.’
‘There’s something really empowering about going, “Hell, I can do this! I can do this all!” That’s the wonderful thing about mothers, you can because you must, and you just DO.’
‘Now that I have kids, I’m up at 5.30am no matter what. Sleep at this point is just a concept, something I’m looking forward to investigating in in the future.’
‘I nursed Mason every two hours. He loved to sleep all day and party all night. Everyone told me to nap when he napped, but I just couldn’t do it. It was actually a fun time, though! Scott and I would stay up watching movies and taking turns trying to rock Mason to sleep.’
‘Sleep deprivation was the worst for me. I would get up in the night crying. I’m rubbish without sleep.’
Jennifer Love Hewitt
‘Sleep was non existent at first. But now that my daughter is four months old, she’s managing about six or seven hours a night. We didn’t really use any particular sleep-training method. She’s a total dream!’
‘Am I sleeping? No! I have a two year old who won’t sleep and a three week old who can’t sleep. He doesn’t sleep through the night, he doesn’t know what night is. He sleeps, drinks his bottle, then poos.’
‘Ben isn’t a great sleeper. Being a mum is a relentless and challenging job. Like every mum there are times when I am up at 3 in the morning with Ben vomiting, and then I have to get up and do a TV show. You have to get on with it and make it work.’
‘I’m not going to lie about it, I’m tired. I’m really tired but I’m also very happy with my life. I’m basically just like any woman who’s working and has lots of children – it’s tough.’
‘Up through the night with teething baby and now the piano tuner is here. Feel hungover without the drink.’
‘In the first couple of weeks, I felt overwhelmed, like I had to survive on no sleep. Before, when I had five or six hours sleep, I'd think, "Oh I'm tired, I need more." No, no, no! Five or six hours sleep is amazing!’
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