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Sleeplessness and Managing as a Parent

Sleeplessness and Managing as a Parent

Sleeplessness is one of the tough sides of parenthood and no matter how excited we are to be with our children, a good sleeping routine brings a healthier and happier environment for the whole family.

It’s important that parents have reasonable expectations about sleep and what’s to come. It is almost impossible to get a newborn asleep through the night…..but this is normal and because of their need for food. Their tummies are so small that their food intake is also small meaning they need regular feedings over a 24 hour period.

However, constant waking will and does indeed affect your ability to function as a parent (and human being) and in turn affects the ability to get through the next day.

So many of us have been there…..get the baby to sleep (after hours of trying to settle them) only to have them awake again 2 hours later. It’s tough…..really tough but it’s important to remember you’re not alone.

I personally suffered post-natal depression after the birth of my first and I honestly believe that sleep deprivation had a lot to do with this. I felt like I was failing because my baby would constantly wake and then take up to 2 hours to re-settle. Even the visiting maternal health nurse had trouble settling her! What I did right in this situation was reach out for help. And, I was lucky to have a really strong support system around me to get through.

While sleep deprivation won’t lead to post natal depression in most cases, it can and it’s important to be aware of this. But, even if you are not suffering from post natal depression but are suffering from sleep deprivation then you should still ask for help. If you don’t have a partner or a parent that can help, ask a friend or reach out to a maternal health nurse.

The good news is, that babies do eventually learn to sleep…..there’s light at the end of the tunnel. It will take some babies longer than others but they do get there in the end. And, it’s funny how our bodies seem to adjust quite quickly to the change in our own sleep patterns. We eventually learn how to cope of just 4 hours of broken sleep….

However, if you feel you are suffering I cannot stress enough how important it is to reach out of help. Sleep Consulting by Sleepy Starz offers a range of affordable and very supportive sleep consultation packages. More information can be found at www.sleepystarz.com/sleep-consulting/

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