Are you too wired to “sleep” when your baby sleeps?
If you are lying down with our eyes closed you may well be asleep without realising it. Numerous sleep studies have shown, subjects awakened from the first stage of sleep often denied having slept at all. A nap of very light first stage sleep will probably make you feel less tired and even 3 minutes of deeper sleep can have recuperative effects. Ignore criticism from other people. Keep focused on what you are doing .You might be doing everything you can to get more sleep, and still you baby sleeps less than average.
Trust your instincts.
If something feels wrong with you or the baby, talk to your GP.
Keep your baby nearby for night feeds.
If you are breastfeeding, you are likely to get more sleep if you keep baby nearby; a bedside cot is a safe way of doing this.
Don’t change your baby’s nappies at night.
If your baby is asleep, don’t worry about a nappy change, babies don’t notice a wet nappy.
Setting your baby’s body clock.
Let baby get sunlight and avoid artificial lighting at night. Make sure you and your baby go out each day; afternoon light has been shown to help to establish young babies’ body clocks and will help you to sleep better too.
Ask your family and friends.
Let friends or family watch baby while you take a nap. Now is the time to get help where you can.
Keeping your energy levels up.
Remember to eat. It is important to keep up our energy levels. Having small amounts of protein with every meal and as snacks will keep your blood sugars more constant. Try to avoid sugary foods as they might give you a boost at that the time, but your blood sugar levels will drop much quicker.
But the good news is by 12 weeks things will improve. Newborns have special sleep patterns and special needs, but things will start to get better at around 12 weeks postpartum.
If you would like to discuss how to get your young baby into good routines and learn more about children’s sleep we offer specific support for babies under sixteen weeks You can speak to one of our sleep therapists today for a free sleep assessment.
Call us on 020 8444 0040
Whilst we would not expect babies under sixteen weeks old to sleep solidly right through the night, this one off consultation will give you the opportunity to discuss how to encourage good sleeping habits early on; to understand sleep patterns and their development and how to start getting your baby into a gentle schedule.
- A telephone consultation lasting up to 30 minutes
- An additional support email to be taken within four weeks of your original consultation
- A copy of Millpond’s book ‘Teach Your Child to Sleep’.