It seems like your whole world changes when your baby is born. You feel a love like you’ve never known before, but you will also feel exhausted like you’ve never known before. It’s no secret that many parents say goodbye to a good night’s sleep when first bringing home your new bundle of joy. Luckily, there a few tricks that can help make sure the sleep you do get is more restful and restorative.
Set the Scene
Before baby, you might not have thought about whether or not your room was conducive to sleep. But now that you have a baby interrupting your REMs, you’ll want to make sure nothing else is!
Think about redecorating your room in soft hues of blue or gray. These cooler color tones are associated with feelings of calm and can help you relax as you prepare for bed. You can also try introducing a sound machine to your nightly routine. Many new parents get sound machines for their babies, but don’t think about getting one for themselves. The gentle sound of rain or comforting hum of white noise can be just as helpful to you as it is to your baby. Just make sure you have the sound adjusted so you can always hear your baby cry if needed. Lastly, think about investing in some essential oils. Certain scents like lavender have been shown to lower stress and promote sleep.
Parenting is a marathon, not a sprint. Make sure you have the endurance to get through the newborn nights of broken sleep by splitting time with a partner, friend, or family member. Set a “shift” schedule that will allow you a few uninterrupted hours of sleep and leave your partner to handle the baby in that time. Not only will this give you the restorative sleep your body craves, but it will give your partner valuable bonding time with your baby as well.
When you are suffering from sleep deprivation, it can seem like there is no end in sight to the sleepless nights. This kind of anxiousness and worry will only make it harder for you to sleep well. But rest assured, your baby will grow older and more independent. One day, not too long from now, your baby will be sleeping through the night. And then, you might find that you actually miss those quiet moments you shared while the rest of the world was sleeping. So, when you have a tough night, remind yourself that this too shall pass, and take it one night at a time.
Sleeping is essential to your mental and physical well-being. Make sure you have a support system to help you get sleep when you can. Take naps, take breaks, and if all else fails, make a lot of coffee!