Are you a new parent? Do you find that you are spending each day feeling bleary eyed? Are you just praying for a night of uninterrupted sleep with your baby? Allow your sleep consultant in Hertfordshire to help.
If you answered yes to those questions, don’t despair, it is normal for new mums to feel that way. However, it doesn’t have to be the case. Don’t get me wrong, there is not a quick fix and it is unlikely that you will have the same sleep quality as you did before having children! But, there are some common signs and symptoms of sleep deprivation to look out for and some tips and tricks that you can put in place to try and help you to move in the right direction.
How to know if you are sleep deprived (taken from dallas-sleep.com):
- Limited ability to focus, fuzzy headed
- Decreased energy levels
- Frequent mood swings
- Panic attacks
- Depressed mood
- Being unable to fall asleep
If you are feeling any of these symptoms, it is time to look at your sleep pattern. Here are some tips that you can try:
- Try to encourage your baby into better sleep patterns – you can do this by making sure they are in a safe environment, establishing a bedtime routine, try to teach your baby to fall asleep on their own, allow your baby to self-soothe if they wake up during the night. This will in turn help you to get into a better sleep cycle.
- Enlist help at night – if you can, allow your partner, mother, a nanny or anyone else who is willing to help, take the night shift.
- Spend as much time as possible with your baby during the day – it will help with any feelings of guilt or abandonment throughout the night.
- Try to limit your coffee intake during the day – reduce your stimulants to help you sleep more effectively.
- Try to get into the same sleep pattern as your baby – if you can sleep when your baby sleeps you may find it easier to adjust to interrupted sleep patterns.
Doctors are very quick to assess the sleeping habits of your baby but when it comes to your own health and sleep patterns, it is often overlooked and simply seen as something all new parents must endure, we disagree.
Sleep is hugely important at any stage of our lives but even more so if you have just become a new parent. It is paramount that mothers get enough sleep for numerous reasons:
- Maintain brain function
- Reduce the risk of postpartum depression
- Support your emotional well being
- Enable you to provide a safe environment for your baby by reducing the chance of accidents
If you need any help, support or advice on sleep quality for you or your baby then please get in touch with your sleep consultant in Hertfordshire and we will be more than happy to help.