Why Can’t I Sleep at Night?

by Glenda Beck
(USA)

When my first child was born, I had difficulty staying asleep at night. My daughter was a fussy baby, and did not sleep well, thus I did not sleep well. It was difficult to get her to sleep and to keep her there.

I learned to take naps when she took naps. The naps helped with the overall fatigue, but the insomnia at night became a serious physical and mental health issue.

When I would fall asleep, I would suddenly wake up thinking she was crying. I would get up and check on her, but she would be asleep. Unfortunately, at this point I was awake and not able to go back to sleep. I had an unfounded fear I would not be awakened if she needed me. After weeks of this nightly ritual, my Mother suggested the fear came from some inner voice telling me I could not hear the baby cry if the furnace was running at the same time.

We tried a little experiment to see if this was the issue. For the next several nights when the baby woke me up instead of immediately jumping up to check on her, I first listened to see if the furnace was indeed running.

When the timing finally worked out where she awoke with the furnace running, I was able to convince my inner voice this was not a concern. I then was able to sleep when she slept.

Granted, now most new mothers have a baby monitor, but some may still have a fear the monitor is not working, or it may not wake them up. New Moms have so many emotions to deal with, they really do not need insomnia for any reason to add fatigue to their list of pending issues.

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