The Key to Better Sleep When You Have a New Baby

Fatigue is a common side effect of parenthood, especially during the first year, when both mothers and fathers experience disrupted sleep. But it can also be a sign of serious health issues like postpartum depression, sleep disorders, anemia and thyroid dysfunction.

So, how can you tell if your fatigue is beyond what’s normal for a new parent? To answer this, I spoke with experts in women’s health and sleep researchers and delved into the scientific literature on postpartum sleep and fatigue…

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New Mom Sleep Deprivation (How to Cope) – 5 Minute Mommy

 

New Moms Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep—But That Can (and should!) Change

I sat on the couch nursing my 3-month-old in the dark, quiet hours of the early morning for what felt like the thousandth night in a row. Tears fell down my face and my body ached with exhaustion. I wanted to sleep — needed to sleep — and yet I felt guilty for not enjoying this moment with my baby.

I had expected to be tired as a new mom — to accidentally put my phone in the fridge and the milk in the cupboard, to give up sleeping in on the weekends and lazy Saturday mornings. But I was not prepared for the way fragmented sleep would wreak havoc on both my physical and mental health, resulting in an inability to focus, increased anxiety, difficulty eating and eventually postpartum depression…

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Sleep Deprivation After Baby

After you have a baby, you’ll probably need more sleep than ever before. Here’s how to get it.

The effect of fragmented sleep goes beyond a tired body — it also affects how you think and cope. With this kind of sleep deprivation, you’re not just shortchanged on deep sleep; you’re also getting less dream sleep, says Lauren Broch, PhD, director of education and training at the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center of New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dreams provide more than fodder for the next day’s musings. In fact, they play a surprisingly important role in our ability to think clearly. During REM sleep, the brain sorts memories and processes the day’s events, says Margaret Moline, PhD, director of the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center. Lack of REM sleep can cause memory lapses and make tasks requiring higher cognitive functioning more difficult, leaving you feeling scattered and foggy (as in, “Did I just change a diaper?”). For moms, this makes a range of daily activities problematic — from balancing the checkbook to conjuring up the patience to deal with a cranky toddler. Indeed, it’s much harder to use techniques such as distraction or humor (instead of yelling) when you’re exhausted…

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Massage, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Treatment for Insomnia, Sleep Apnea and Restful Sleeping

There’s nothing I won’t do for better sleep. I have hidden my phone, set a bedtime, quit caffeine—I’ve tried sleep teas, sleep elixirs, and sleep gummies. I’ve taken Melatonin and NyQuil. But none of the above has ever significantly improved the quality of the low-grade sleep I’m accustomed to. I usually fall asleep around 12:30 and wake up by 3 or 4 a.m. That’s fine, I used to think, resigning myself to a life of abbreviated rest. Some people are just meant to be awake more than others…

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