How I Reclaimed My Ability to Sleep Without Shame

Becoming a parent taught me that sleep deprivation is deeply uncool

Kerala Taylor
Human Parts
Published in
8 min readJan 29, 2024

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If I could give just one piece of advice to my 20-year-old self, it would be to go the fuck to sleep.

When I became a mother, at age 31, I cursed myself for every hour of sleep I had ever denied myself for no good reason. So much sleep…

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Kerala Taylor
Human Parts

Award-winning writer. Interrupting notions of what it means to be a mother, woman, worker, and wife. Subscribe: https://keralataylor.substack.com