When I was pregnant, sleep deprivation was my biggest baby fear. For the entire nine months of my pregnancy, people said things like, “Enjoy your sleep while you can get it!” and “Are you looking forward to the sleepless nights? HAR HAR HAR!” and “You’ll seeeeee…”
I knew I couldn’t control newborn sleep habits, but I decided that keeping track of the awfulness would help my sanity. So the day after Tavi was born, we started tracking his sleep using a tool called Trixie Tracker.
It became immediately clear that Tavi was born a decent sleeper, but we tracked his sleep for his entire first year anyway. I don’t know … it just helped me feel ok about it all. Now that Tavi is a year old and on a pretty regular circadian cycle, we’ve stopped tracking, and to celebrate I thought I’d share a graphic representation of what sleep looked like for my son’s first year.
And so now I give you:
A year of sleeping dangerously:
12 months of one infant’s sleep development
Each row represents 24 hours starting at midnight. Yellow = awake / Blue = sleep
Newborn sleep at the top.
On the whole, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be … although some of that was Tavi being an ok sleeper, and some of it may have been that when you’re deathly terrified of something and people keep telling you it’s going to be soooooooo awful, you’re in a good place to be pleasantly surprised.
Want even more details and sleep metrics? GO GEEK OUT! (update: the permissions on the link have been fixed!)