As new moms have an erratic sleep schedule, they can be severely sleep deprived. There are health hazards due to sleep deprivation, including long-term health conditions like depression, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and heart disease. Insufficient sleep in adults increases their risk of accidents and injuries, which makes them dangerous around infants. Lack of sleep can cause stress, which can control unpleasant emotions, which can have a poor impact on parenting. Sleep deprivation can cause a reduction in productivity, slowed reaction times and lead to daytime sleepiness and fatigue.
Dr. Sibasish Dey, Head of Medical Affairs, South Asia, ResMed says, “Understanding which strategies work effectively for both yourself and the child is crucial since prioritising a good night’s sleep gives you the stamina to care for the new addition to your family. Compared to adults, infants have shorter sleep cycles.”
For new parents, the following aspects of good sleep hygiene are particularly crucial: