Postpartum Sleep Challenges & Solutions

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Postpartum Sleep Challenges & Solutions

Postpartum Sleep Challenges & Solutions

Though you have got used to interrupted sleep patterns by now, but postpartum sleep challenges are different. Irrespective of the tiring delivery procedure, you are happy to hold your baby in your arms. This comes with loads of added responsibilities. Between 2-3 hour feeding schedules, new mothers are more sleep deprived than they recognize; and this sleep loss can lead to serious mental and physical issues.

Why sleep is so challenging?

Middle of the night feedings is the primary sleep challenge for new mothers. Even those moms whose infants sleep through the night, get up to check them.  In fact, many new mothers willingly give up their sleep to prevent their infants from crying or caring for an older child’s activities and protecting a working partner’s sleep.  Between all this, sleep tends to be one thing which moms don’t care for.

Here are some tips to help you-

  • Make sleep a priority. Mostly, parents know for a happy and healthy parenthood adequate sleep is required! Yet fail to make it a priority. It is crucial to set up a sleep routine as per your baby’s sleep cycle, including regular naps and a bedtime goal and follow it as much as possible.
  • Share your duties with family. Sleep is a family concern. Parents can take turns in helping each other to sleep.
  • Sleep Close To Baby. It will reduce your fatigue of getting up from the bed again and again to attend the baby.
  • Learn and use tactics to improve infant sleep. It’s more about the baby than you. Some babies sleep better than others. Colicky babies are always a trouble. Normally, newborns have their own schedule, but after 2-3 months, you can definitely have a sleep schedule.
  • Try Sleep Therapy. If required consult a psychologist or therapist who provides sleep therapy.
  • Treat Insomnia. Insomnia is common during pregnancy and postpartum, but if remain untreated can cause depression and anxiety. So if you are not getting any sleep irrespective of your tiring schedule, it is better to get professional help.

Remember, it won’t be like this forever! Eventually you and your baby will sleep better. Have patience and try to catch some sleep whenever possible.

Wondering what are the other challenges you might be facing apart from your sleeping troubles? Here are some common newborn worries which are not so worrisome! Also prepare yourself for the postpartum challenges as a new mom!

Share this informative article with someone who recently delivered a baby!