So, I thought I'd start a list of things I've found helpful when surviving on too little sleep. Not so much ways of increasing sleep (and have you noticed how searching for information on sleep is full of handy tips like "take a nap" or "go to bed earlier"? Simply not an option when you're sitting willing your child to keep breathing), but ways of functioning when sleep-deprived.
Please feel free to add your own suggestions - I'll take any and all I can get!
1. Write everything down - don't rely on memory.
2. Get into the habit of checking the diary regularly, and don't make appointments without it.
3. Slow the day down - don't plan too much in any one day.
4. Accept that getting ready for things will take longer.
5. Feel free to cancel evening events if they will cut into time which could be spent sleeping.
6. Try any or all of the tips here to get more sleep in the first place.
7. Cry lots.
8. Take the frustration out on random telesales people who shouldn't be phoning anyway.
9. Coffee is your friend.
10. Accept that people who have not experienced longterm sleep deprivation will not understand how tiring little things like sitting up and concentrating can be.
11. Try to find a driver - chauffeurs are the way forwards.
12. Grow interational friendships - I'm sure Trina and Laura would agree that having someone awake and on MSNwhen the rest of the local world is sleeping makes the midnight vigil easier.
13. On a related note, check the time before ringing more local friends - many people aren't awake and ready for convoluted conversations at six o'clock in the morning.
14. Pick a uncomfortable pew at church, and if they are all comfortable, ask a fried to poke you if your snoring is louder than the sermon.
That's 15 to yesterday's 50 - anyone got any more for me?