You Snooze, You Win

You Snooze, You Win

As a new parent, getting quality sleep can sometimes be really hard to manage. However, this is not the time to “fight through it,” like you may have done pre-baby when you pulled an all-nighter. Sleep for baby and mom should be a priority — above chores, social obligations and appointments. Here are a few tips:

-Try to get four-hour increments of solid sleep (no waking) at a time.

-Block out window light, turn off computers, and use white noise in the sleeping room, both day and night if it helps soothe you and the baby.

-Day sleep is as important as night sleep.

-Put a note on your front door that says “Baby sleeping, please don’t knock.”

-Make your sleeping reality as anxiety-free as possible. For some, this means putting others’ advice aside and doing what works for you.

-If baby wakes frequently (every half hour or so), share the work so that you can get at least a four-hour stretch of sleep at a time.

-If you are not sleeping at all, or have excessive anxiety around sleep or your baby, please tell your doctor. Postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis are serious issues that often begin with sleep deprivation.

-A professional counselor can work with you to craft an individualized sleep strategy, and help you figure out ways to feel rested and better able to care for yourself and your child.

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Thanks for this! Could you post about the groups too?

    • Hi Lucy, feel free to call me at 971-225-0888

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