“I just can’t believe what a difference this had made! Doctors should really refer mom’s who are struggling to you! The impact that her sleeping has had on my mental health is so amazing”.
-Kjirsten, Eagle, ID
5 month old sleeping 12 hours per night beginning night 4.
You are a new parent with a sweet and very precious 2 month old. It’s now 4 am and your little one has been awake on and off since 11 pm. This has been going on for weeks and you are getting desperate for some consolidated sleep. Between caring for you newborn, older child, the house and yourself, it’s just not happening. You love you sweet pea, but your body is running on “E”. What you are doing isn’t working and something needs to change.
The Effects of Sleep Deprivation
Some sleep derivation comes with the territory of having a newborn. An infant needs to eat in the first weeks of life regularly, around the clock, about every 2.5-3 hours. However, prolonged sleep deprivation is a health condition that deserves serious attention. The ramifications having potential long term debilitating effects.
In an adult, sleep deprivation may lead to many conditions. They include but aren’t limited to:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Mood changes
- Memory problems
- Difficulty concentrating
- Impaired performance
- Sleep cycle disruptions
- Increased pain
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Accidents (car, work)
- Decreased alertness
- Decreased immunity
- Increased cortisol
- Decreased leptin (appetite reducing hormone)
- Increased gherlin (appetite increasing hormone)
- Decreased judgement ability
Sleep deprivation in an infant may cause:
- More frequent night wakings
- Broken naps
- Gaze aversion (won’t look at you)
- Feeding issues
- Eye rubbing
- Inability to stay awake for adequate amounts of time
- Constant need to be held
- Inadequate REM sleep
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Long term sleep issues (inability to nap, continued frequent night wakings into the toddler years)
- In appropriate food associations that can lead to excessive weight gain
- Decreased fine motor skills
In Need of Sleep?
Sleep is a universal human need and one of the most crucial elements to good health. The human body simply doesn’t not function well with chronic sleep deprivation. If you and or your spouse are feeling exhausted or your family is struggling to get the sleep it needs, we can help! One of our greatest joys and deepest passions is helping new families get the sleep they need. We will determine the root problems that are causing sleep loss, teach you what your child needs for optimal sleep, and help you implement an age appropriate routine for your little one. Your whole family will be sleeping better and become more balanced in the process.
Remember, adequate sleep is CRUCIAL. It is not necessary to struggle and “suck it up” for weeks and months on end. Your child can sleep 10-12 hours per night and so can you!