The effects of sleep deprivation

The effects of sleep deprivation

Lack of sleep is one of the biggest pains for new parents, with three quarters of parents admitting to doing something silly because of Sleep Deprivation.

According to research, 35% of parents admit to mistakenly drinking their baby’s milk formula and others admitted to cradling their dog rather then their baby. So don’t worry if you have found yourself doing something silly, every new parent can relate.

It comes as no surprise that on average a new parent will get two hours and six minutes of undisturbed sleep per night, which causes parents to be confused and muddled, affecting basic chores like laundry. One-in-five admitted to accidentally mixing the washing and dying their clothes to the wrong colour.

What our expert says?

Our sleep expert Dr. Nerina has warned “that parents place to much emphasis on the amount of time they are supposed to sleep and that it’s important to focus on quality deep sleep then hours”.

To help new parents have a good quality night’s sleep Dr. Nerina has some tips to avoid Sleep Deprivation:

  • Take naps of no longer than 15 minutes to re-energise  
  • Get people around you to help out as much as possible; family or friends
  • Don’t rely on stimulants, these will affect your sleep in the long run

Getting to know your baby’s sleeping patterns will help your baby sleep better and will help you sleep better too. Being prepared for any changes during the night will stop you from becoming so stressed, that you are unable to fall back asleep.

The NHS  has a few tips on helping you get yourself back to sleep easily from those midnight wake up calls:

  1. Be prepared – try to have things on hand; nappies, feeding bottles
  2. If you have to put a light on, use a low level bedside lamp
  3. Try not to check your phone because the blue light tricks your brain into thinking your more awake then you are, making it difficult to fall back asleep
  4. Avoid checking the time – this makes you worry about how little sleep you are going to get
  5. Avoid relying on caffeine or energy drinks as a short term solutions, they may boost your energy but can disrupt your sleeping pattern, further.

Building your sleep back up can be difficult all at once, but taking time to catch up on lost sleep can be simple. The NHS recommends starting on a weekend and add one to two hours of extra sleep a night. Expecting to sleep for up to 10 hours each night, and over time the amount you sleep will gradually decrease to a normal level.

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