[Updated] 11 Reasons Why Parents Are The Sleepiest People On The Planet.

Author of 5 books, podcaster, parent trainer, husband and father.

Share This Post

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on email
My wife said it best the other day- "I haven't slept in 100 years." She actually meant 11, but who am I to correct her? She's right. If my last calculations are correct I would have to say we are somewhere between 7 and 10 years behind on sleep. I think we stopped counting when our first born was screaming for the second month in a row at 3 am. That was nearly 12 years ago!

If you’re “amen-ing” this post right now, you’re part of the elite. You’re a member of a rare and desperate society known only as the “I-haven’t-gotten-a-full-night’s-rest-in-so-long-my-spouse-would-probably-think-I-died-in-my-sleep-if-I-slept-longer-than-5-hours” club. There’s no ribbon or trophy awarded when you join. There’s only the joy of knowing that the little ones responsible for your sleep deprivation have school lunches packed, laundry folded and put away, and a working rain forest display complete with actual rain-producing clouds ready for the science fair the next day!

If your amen’s have transformed into hallelujah’s then it’s official: you’re a parent. You wear that permanent chocolate-stained sweater like a bloody football jersey into the game of your life! If you had a dollar for every time you yawned you’d be able to pay off the national debt. This post is for you! (Note- I will keep it brief in the event that you nod off while reading… :-))

Here are 11 (yes, it’s now 11. It used to be 10, but who am I kidding? There’s really a trillion!) reasons why you and I are the sleepiest people on the planet:

Reason #1-

We have the pleasure of seeing 3 o’clock twice in a 24-hour period.

Reason #2-

As we see 2, 3, or 4 am consistently, we also have the pleasure of hearing our name spoken less than an inch from our ear repeatedly.

Reason #3-

We are privileged to special information in the middle of the night such as “I had a bad dream,” or “I’m wet,” or “I want peanut butter and jelly for lunch tomorrow instead of a mayonnaise sandwich!”

Reason #4-

We get asked mondo-important questions in the middle of the night such as “when is wake up time?” or “what’s for breakfast?” or “what time is my field trip tomorrow?”

Reason #5-

We have the distinct pleasure of repeating ourselves 400 times in an 8-hour period.

Reason #6-

There’s nothing more awesome than having our potty-trained kid willingly poop in his pants because he was too busy playing outside to use the bathroom.

Reason #7-

A mountain of laundry…. need I say more?

Reason #8-

We hear the infamous statement- “Mommy, I forgot…I need 4 dozen cookies for my class party tomorrow!”

Reason #9-

In our “down-time” we get to referee fights over world-shaping issues such as “he smiled at me,” or “it’s my turn to play on the iPad,” or “mommy, he called me a poopy head!” (yes, that’s the most insulting name anyone has ever called anyone else!)

Reason #10-

We’ll spend 350 days out of our year as a taxi driver, carting our children to and from every known activity under the sun! 

And for the grand finale…. Reason #11- 

We get to experience the awesomeness of hearing our son (who’s grounded for an entire day for kicking his teacher) moan like a dying animal at 6 am after being told that “yes, an all day grounding in fact means, all day!”

There you have it. We’re parents by choice but tired by…..well…..never mind! We’re just tired. We’re potentially years or even decades behind on sleep. We’re the few, the proud! If you haven’t nodded off by now because you were awakened all night long over bad dreams conjured up by Scooby-Doo or pee-soaked beds, then let me just say- you’re the best! As hard as it might be to believe, you really are making a difference….one screaming, unhappy, diaper-soiled, sassy-mouthed, entitled child at a time!
Anything else leaving you completely exhausted in your parenting role? I’d love to hear your additions to this post.

Share This Post

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on email
Mike and Kristin Berry are the Co-Founders of The Honestly Adoption Company and have been parents for nearly two decades. They are the authors of six books, and the host of The Honestly Adoption Podcast.

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is the executive assistant to Mike and Kristin Berry. And she is the best in the land. In addition to providing a warm and friendly response to the many emails our company receives on a weekly basis, she also manages Mike and Kristin’s speaking and meeting schedules, and makes sure that team events go off without a hitch.

Nicole Goerges

Nicole Goerges is a Content Contributor & Special Consultant for The Honestly Adoption Company. She works with Mike and Kristin as a recurring co-host for the Honestly Adoption Podcast, and co-host of Kitchen Table Talks, exclusive video content for Oasis Community, along with Kristin. She is a fellow adoptive mom, and former foster parent.

Matt McCarrick

Matt McCarrick is the Content Production Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. If you’ve loved listening to our podcast, or enjoyed any of the videos trainings we’ve published, you have Matt to thank. He oversees all of our content production, from video edits, to making sure the tags are correct on YouTube, to uploading new videos to Oasis, to hitting publish on a podcast episode, he’s a content wonder!

Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson is the Community Engagement Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. She spends the bulk of her time interacting with, and helping, people through our various social media channels, as well as providing support for Oasis Community members through chat support or Zoom calls. In the same spirit as Beaver, Karen is also passionate about connecting with parents and making them feel loved and supported. Karen is also an FASD trainer and travels often, equipping and encouraging parents.

Beaver Trumble

Beaver Trumble is the Customer Care Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. Chances are, if you have been in need of technical support, or forgotten your password to one of our courses, you have interacted with Beaver. He is an absolute pro at customer care. In fact, he single-handedly revolutionized our customer care department last year. Beaver is passionate about connecting with parents and making them feel loved and encouraged.

Kristin Berry

Kristin Berry is the co-founder of, and Chief Content Specialist for, The Honestly Adoption Company. She spends most of her time researching and connecting with guests for our podcast, as well as direction, designing and publishing a lot of the content for our social media channels, blog and podcast. She loves to connect with fellow parents around the world, and share the message of hope with them.

Mike Berry

Mike Berry is the co-founder of, and Chief Marketing Specialist for, The Honestly Adoption Company. He spends the bulk of his time and energy designing and building many of the resources you see within our company, as well as social media and email campaigns. His goal is to use media as a means to encourage and equip parents around the world. He is also the co-host of The Honestly Adoption Podcast.