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The Importance of Sleep for New Parents

Mother sleeping on cribHaving a baby is a beautiful, life-changing moment. However, it's not without its challenges, especially when it comes to trying to get some shut-eye. In fact, the National Sleep Foundation conducted a poll revealing that 76 percent of parents deal with recurring sleep problems. This can be a real challenge since your body needs sleep to stay healthy.


The Importance of Sleep for New Parents


A good night's sleep is vital to the health of new parents. A lack of sleep can affect your:



  • Mood - It's much easier to become agitated and grumpy when you're tired. The less sleep you get, the more prone to mood swings you'll be.

  • Concentration - Drowsiness and sleepiness make it difficult to concentrate, which can increase the risk of injuries doing simple day-to-day tasks, from driving your car to cutting up vegetables.

  • Immune system - The body builds infection-fighting cells and antibodies while you're asleep. The less you sleep, the less opportunity your body has to strengthen your immune system.

  • Weight - Sleep deprivation can result in feelings of hunger. This is because a natural appetite stimulant in your body increases when you don't get enough sleep.


Baby sleeping in bedHow New Parents Can Get More Sleep


It might seem impossible to get the sleep you need as a parent with a new baby at home, but there are ways. The following are a few tips that new parents should use to catch up on some much-needed rest:



  • Use dimmers on your lights - This will allow you to slowly lower the lights as the sun goes down to help regulate the baby's circadian rhythm, or their internal clock. This will get them used to sleeping when it gets dark out.

  • Regulate the baby room's temperature - Keep your baby's room cool at night and warm during the day. The ideal temperature for a baby to sleep in is between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Stop consuming caffeine - Not only can caffeine keep you up, but it can turn up in the breast milk, thereby keeping the baby up.

  • Bottle breast milk - This allows you and your spouse to trade off feedings so that the mother isn't stuck getting up every time the baby is hungry.


Make Sure Your Mattress is “Healthy”


Having the right mattress can make a world of difference when it comes to the quality of your sleep.  According to experts at WebMD, you should look for a mattress that reduces pressure points and is neither too hard nor too soft. 


You also want to be sure that your mattress if free of dust mites and other irritants that can disrupt the precious opportunities new parents have to rest. Find a new mattress that’s a perfect fit today.


 


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