Your new baby is gorgeous, but you are sleep deprived. Having a problem sleeping well or through the night affects many new moms.
A good night’s sleep can be one of the greatest challenges a new mom can face, and deprivation of sleep may lead to postpartum depression for an already stressed new mom.
Studies have shown that sleep deprivation can lead to mood problems like irritability, depression and anxiety. An inability to concentrate is also a sign of lack of sleep.
There are some things you can do to help if you are a new mom with a problem sleeping through the night.
Getting a full eight hours of sleep in a row with a brand new baby is unrealistic. Newborns typically wake up every two to four hours per night to feed. Although getting a full night’s sleep may be a distant dream, if you can get one full four hour stretch during the night, plus a few smaller stretches each day, you will feel better and be able to function pretty well.
Newborns typically fall asleep 6 or 7 times during a 24 hour period, sleeping an average of sixteen to eighteen hours in total. Babies do not distinguish between day and night, but you can help your baby get into a routine, differentiating between daytime sleep and nighttime sleep.
Always remember that it will not always be like this, and one day you will be able to easily and peacefully sleep through the night again!
The health information in this website is for educational purposes only and is not providing medical or professional advice. It should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. It is not a substitute for professional medical care. If you have or suspect you might have any health problems, you should consult a physician.
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