Mothers Don't Sleep. They Are Always Alert

Mothers Don't Sleep. They Are Always Alert

Last update: 25 November, 2017

Mothers don’t sleep because, right after giving birth, vigilance starts to play a leading role in their state of consciousness, even more so than the much-needed sleep.

The neuro-cognitive functions of women who become mothers are maintained at full activity at all times, even when they have their eyes closed and are resting.

This state of alertness is metabolic and unique to mothers. These women have an unparalleled heart, courage and endurance.

Why is it said that mothers don’t sleep?

When people say mothers don’t sleep, it’s because it’s true. No one would make such an assertion otherwise because it a statement that goes against human nature and may seem counterproductive.

We must keep in mind that sleep is a physiological state: organisms need hours of sleep to fully recover.

We must then research how it is possible for this to happen to women (metaphorically speaking).

When a woman becomes a mother she immediately develops a capacity that allows her to rest without the need for her to disconnect completely from the world that surrounds her.

A world that, after giving birth, is centered around the cradle situated beside her bed, night after night.

There is no movement, moan, or breath of her child that she does not feel. This can make her wake up even if she just went to sleep.

Mothers have the gift of hearing and understanding their children better than anyone without even looking at them. Even in a dark room with their eyes closed they are still vigilant.

mothers don't sleep after giving birth

Why is it said that mothers are always alert?

People say mothers are always alert, because it is true. They are ever ready to face unexpected situations as well as their daily tasks:

  • When the baby demands breastfeeding
  • When the baby cries because they woke up and have to be put back to sleep
  • Every time the newborn wants to be taken out of the cradle and held by their mother
  • When the baby cries because they have a tummy ache
  • Every time they need a diaper change
  • When the baby feels bad after getting a vaccine

Mom is always there when her baby needs her. She knows how her baby wants to be treated and that’s why her baby feels comfortable and secure with her.

For mothers there is no time that is off limits. Whenever the child needs attention, even if its is at two o’clock in the morning, mom is always ready to help.

Mothers don’t sleep. They are always alert.

Mothers are always alert because it is a natural state for them. The power comes from within. They might be exhausted to the point of fainting or even stressed till the point that they can hardly think.

This pressure can also make mothers sad. Maybe their days have changed so much and the life that they have today is very different from the one they previously had. That is why we sometimes feel sad and cry.

You are a mother and you know what I am talking about. Moods fluctuate almost as much as they did during your pregnancy. However, as sadness tries to take root, you cheer up, dry your tears and recover.


You smile and recover to the extent that you leave depression to enter the fullest sensation of joy.

This is a gift women have, it comes to them because of their maternal love. The love they feel when they hear the cry, wail or laughter of their child.

Mothers can also get depressed, they reach extreme exhaustion, but they always stand firm and feel lucky for the grace of having brought into the world a human being that is theirs. They therefore have the duty to take care of their new child.

Mothers are special beings endowed with colossal strength. They can go one, two, three years or their whole life without sleeping while still staying beautiful and loving.

Mom, life thanks you for your integrity, steadfastness, patience and all the sacrifice you make daily. Day and night you put the well being of your little one above your desires and vital needs.

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