I know what you're thinking...HELP! I'm so exhausted I can't see straight! I can't take much more of this! I'm counting the minutes till my partner comes home so I can collapse but he/she only holds the baby for 45 minutes and then I'm on call again. What do I do?
What you do is start taking your sleep seriously. Sounds tough I know because it's all you think about but really, are you making it a priority? Because, provided you're not sleep deprived due to a serious hormone imbalance, all you have to do is stay in bed. Yup. You heard me sister. There's no pretending you have the time and energy to be suzy homemaker anymore so let the dishes go, put down the thank you cards. Call friends and family to drop off nutritious whole food meals and pure high alkaline water and throw in a few loads of laundry while you go back to bed like the Divine Dalais-Mama you are! As a postpartum doula and baby nurse I coach new mothers to do this and it works! But before we go into the "How To's of Staying In Bed" you should know a few facts about sleep and postpartum balance:
Sleep Deprivation Facts:
Sleep Deprivation Solution:
The paragraphs below were adapted and edited from a handout by childbirth educator Penny Simkin. It's entitled: How to Get Enough Sleep in the First Weeks After Birth". Trust me, it works if you work it and you're gonna work it cause your worth it! Sweet Dreams....
The following approach will help you get as much (or almost as much) sleep as you need. (It does not work as well if you have other children, unless you have help with them.)