Tiredness during the first months after the birth of your baby is a serious issue. A recent study overseen by Dr. Ashleigh Filtness of the Queensland University of Technology’s Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety concluded that new mothers were dangerously sleep deprived as much as four months after the birth of their babies. The study further suggests that the efficiency of nighttime feedings and how quickly the mother was able to return to sleep afterwards made a significant difference in the tiredness they reported. So what can be done to ensure the sleep you get as a new mother is as restful as possible?
After birth, your body needs time to heal and recover. Don’t feel pressured to be a perfect, do-everything superwoman. Make sure you have help available, both for nighttime feedings and daily chores when you need it. This may be a spouse, a family member, or a good friend. Make sure you talk with them beforehand about what you expect and don’t be afraid to ask for more help if you find you need it.
Don’t Feel Pressured to Socialize
Family and friends will be excited to see your new arrival, but don’t feel like you’re obligated to host visitors if you’re too tired to accommodate them. This advice extends to social media as well. Fight the urge to produce minute-by-minute updates, as not only does this take a huge amount of time away from sleep, but the blue light produced by computer and handheld device screens is a well-known sleep disruptor.
Get a Better Mattress
Not only can it help with quality sleep when the baby comes, but it can help alleviate some of the issues of a non-supportive mattress while pregnant. Be sure to do your research, and if you are having difficulty selecting a style, Dreamland can help you select a mattress which will have the support you need for restful sleep as a new mother.
Consider having your baby sleep with you so that you don’t even have to get up in order to feed them. There are a wide range of options when it comes to co-sleeping, although an attached, specially made co-sleeper or a bassinette pulled next to the bed tend to be the most popular options. Just be sure that you co-sleep safely and in such a way that you cannot accidentally roll onto your baby.
These four strategies can help dramatically improve the quantity and quality of sleep you get. No matter what strategy you use, fight the pressure to do everything for everyone, get some rest, and just spend time adjusting to your new life.