Parents & Sleep Deprivation
It’s no secret parents don’t get much sleep. In fact, Dr. William C. Dement told Health Day that “parents of newborns often lose about two hours of sleep per night until the baby is 5 months old. From then until their child hits 2 years old, parents usually lose an hour of sleep each night.” Although dads and moms both miss out on those precious hours of sleep, moms, especially nursing moms, tend to endure much of the sleep loss.
If you’re a parent, you’ve probably heard the old saying “sleep when baby sleeps.” This can be frustrating, because you probably know that sleeping can often be impossible with a new baby. Whether it’s cleaning your home, taking care of other children in the home or simply taking some time to enjoy TV shows or a good book, parents find themselves with little to no time for sleep. This isn’t surprising, given that babies sleep for 16 to 20 hours over a 24-hour period. This leaves little, to no time for parents to catch some Z’s.
If you’re sleep deprived, we’ve got a few tips that might help. Health Day suggests putting your newborn on a sleep schedule, napping or sleeping near your child as ways to help you get a few more hours of shut eye.
So put down the book, turn off the TV and stop doing the dishes and loads of laundry. We know you want your life and home back to normal, but make sure to find time for some much needed sleep. Take advantage of neighbors and friends who offer to help, take turns with your partner and consider a bassinet or crib next to your bed.
At Yogabed, we understand the importance of a good night’s sleep. Some parents only get a few precious hours and we want you to take advantage of it. Our Yogabed makes it easy to fall asleep fast, with minimal tossing and turning, making the most of the sleep you do get, no matter how many hours that may be!