Sleepless nights are pretty much a given after having a baby. Even when they get a little older it’s easy to fall prey to insomnia as you sit up and worry about absolutely everything all night long. I hope my baby doesn’t have a bad reaction to their shots tomorrow. It’s going to be such a pain to go to see my in-laws this weekend. How can I get that poop stain out of my favorite work shirt? It’s nonstop. Sleepless nights and the stress of a new baby can cause all kinds of problems for your health.
An especially dangerous effect of sleep deprivation can be drowsy driving and those with children are more likely to drive drowsy.
It’s important not to drive while drowsy for the safety of your children, yourself and pedestrians. If ever you feel like you’re falling asleep at the wheel, pull over at the closest available, safe opportunity and take a break.
To get through some of this sleep deprivation here are a few tips.
Sleep when the baby sleeps.
An oldie but goodie. It’s so true and incredibly important to rest whenever you have the chance. The housework can wait. Dinner can wait (make ahead meals are so the way to go anyway). Those emails can wait, too. If you’re baby is napping, you should be napping.
Say no to everything.
While we’re on the subject of ignoring emails and housework, let’s remember not to take on any extra responsibilities for the next few months. Don’t feel bad about turning down doing the bake sale this year or politely declining an invitation to your distant cousin’s wedding. Believe me, everyone understands.
Remember this will pass.
I know, this one isn’t helping you sleep right this second. It’s easy to get wrapped up in how poorly you feel and can create a cycle of negative self talk. Tell yourself that this isn’t forever. For some children it takes a while to reach the point of sleeping through the night but it will happen. This is a temporarily difficult stage of parenting that you will overcome. I promise.
One Sage Mama