I have not slept through the night since I was 6 months pregnant with my son, who is 32 months old. That is a lot of months walking around in a zombie-like state!
I have always wondered how people can manage to do anything with a newborn or toddler around. Even though infants are "easier" because they don't do much, the lack of sleep is a huge energy zapper! I was going google crazy one day, trying to find a good blog post on how to get some sort of a schedule when you have kids. What I found was better than what I was looking for.
I found a prayer. A simple prayer, but so extremely powerful. It has been a huge blessing in my life, on the nights I am awake enough to remember.
We believe God can perform miracles. We believe anything is possible through Him. We believe He wants and knows what's best for us (including sleep). We ask the Lord to bless our day, why not ask him to bless our nights? Yes, if you have a newborn, chances are, you are going to get up at night. You may not sleep more than 5 minutes at a time. This is why this prayer is HUGE.
I pray that the Lord would bless my sleep, and supernaturally multiply the little sleep I do get, so that I am able to function for my family the next morning. And you know what? It never fails; every night that I pray that prayer, I wake up the next morning feeling mostly refreshed. I still need my coffee, but I don't have to drag myself downstairs, I don't bump into walls, and I don't groan when I forgot to get the coffee ready the night before. The Lord wants me to be able to function, be he also wants me to rely on Him for my needs. My lack of sleep often reminds me of this :0)
I got this tip from a post Crystal wrote in response to a reader's question, and I highly recommend that you read her post here.
What are your tips for being a fully functional human being with no sleep?