Many women experience problems with sleeping in the early stages of motherhood. Sometimes this problem occurs even before the baby comes, but it’s certain that it gets much worse after childbirth. This is a serious issue as in some cases it may cause postpartum depression, anxiety, and serious health problems. Fortunately, there are some specific things that can be done in order to help first-time moms deal with this issue properly.
Some women find it easier to cope with sleep deprivation by sleeping together with the baby. If the baby is still very small there’s an option of purchasing a bassinet that can be attached to a bed. That way, the baby stays in the same room and there’s no need for getting up in the middle of the night. But when the baby becomes a little bigger it’s recommended to share the bed. I tried to fight this, thinking that I will probably hurt my baby unknowingly. But after getting up from my warm and cozy bed for the tenth time during one night, just to give it his soother, I gave up. Besides, it is said that children who sleep with their parents have a much stronger and calmer sleep, which benefits both the parents and the children.
Turns And Shifts
Another good method for getting more rest is taking shifts when it comes to feeding and changing the diapers. It’s always smart to make a schedule to know whose turn it is. This way both parents will be able to get more sleep and neither of them will feel sleep deprived, tired and languid. Also, it’s much easier to handle all the responsibilities and work than it is when one person is in charge of everything.
Luckily, I have the greatest husband in the world. He was always there for me. He would usually take over all the responsibility about our baby during the weekends because during the week he went to work and I thought it wouldn’t be fair to him to deprive him of sleep. However, he was more than happy to take our boy for a walk when he gets back from work and provide me with the opportunity to drink my coffee while it’s still hot. See also this page on how to survive as a single mon.
When talking about getting more rest, powers naps are also quite effective. The best thing about naps is the fact that it isn’t even required to actually sleep. Just laying down with eyes closed, will be enough to restore some of the energy lost during the day. It’s smart to use free time just to sit and relax or even meditate. This is a good way to maintain a healthy mental condition and to stay stress-free. The best thing about naps is that even the shortest ones are quite effective and good for the overall health. This really got a smile back to my face, as you can believe!
Before I gave birth to my boys, I thought that napping is a waste of time. Now, I have my power naps, whenever and wherever. Once I caught myself napping on the floor. I was playing with my son and I was so tired that I didn’t even know what I was doing. When I woke up, I realized what I have done and the first thing that came to me was fear. You probably assume why- but he was right there beside me, playing with his favorite toy. When I looked at the clock, I realized that it was just a ten-minute nap.
It isn’t rare for new moms to feel exhausted and sleep deprived right after childbirth. But it’s very important to know how to rest properly in order to avoid some serious health issues. These couple of tips are quite effective when it comes to getting a bit of rest when needed the most. But the thing to keep in mind is that this period will not last forever and the trick is to withstand the first couple of months when it’s the hardest