How to Get Better Sleep as a New Mom

This content was created by the National Sleep Foundation


Hey, new moms—you really can sleep better, promise!

Though it can be hard, as a new mom, it's essential to get your zzz's. That's because sleep loss can put you at risk for many health issues, such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Plus, when you're fully rested, you'll have more energy to take care of yourself and your little bundle of joy! Although your former sleep hygiene routine may be a thing of the past, there are still some things that you can do to help ensure that you receive as much sleep as possible.

Get Help

Whether it comes from a sister, husband, best friend, or nanny, a little help with the night shift can really go a long way. If you’re bottle-feeding with formula, handing over the nightly duties to someone else is a cinch. But even if you’re breastfeeding, consider pumping some breast milk earlier in the day, putting it in bottles, and then having your handy helper give the baby a bottle during the night so you can catch a few extra winks.

Avoid Unnecessary Distractions

Make sure that you don’t have too many distractions in your room that might make it harder to hit the hay, like lumpy pillows, bright external lights, and even the wrong color on your bedroom walls.

Sleep When Your Baby Sleeps

While your baby is napping, you may be tempted to read that magazine, clean the kitchen floor, or catch up on Homeland, but, honestly, the best thing for both you and baby is for you to use that precious time to get some much-needed sleep.

Pay Attention to Your Sleep Patterns

With all that’s going on, it can be easy to blame sleep loss on hormones, stress, and the new baby waking you up at odd hours. But pay close attention to what you’re feeling, and how much sleep you’re actually getting. Underlying sleep disorders, such as [sleep_term id="1197"], can make this time even more difficult. If you believe that you may be having a deeper sleep issue, seek expert help to get back on track