Phew! It’s been a roller coaster ride, but maybe now you finally have your baby sleeping through the night, most nights (If your baby is still struggling I offer you my many hugs!). So, why on Earth are you having so much trouble sleeping through the night, too? Parents often joke and ask me “Is there sleep training for mommy?”. This is not such a crazy question!
Once I finaaaallllllyyyyy got my son sleeping through the night, most nights (he will never be that perfect sleeper…except *maybe* when he’s a teenager…or at least he won’t need me to do anything for him one day *sniff* *sniff* so bitter sweet LOL), I had so much trouble sleeping through the night myself! I would wake to phantom crying. I’d wake myself more and strain my ears to hear whether he really was crying or not. I would wake up at the times he used to wake up to eat. I would just wake up! Looking back, maybe I had post-traumatic stress. 😀
It was so frustrating! Here I worked months to get my son sleeping through the night most of the time and now *I* couldn’t sleep! How long was this going to last? I’m sure there are some who go right back to sleeping well, but for me, it was a good month before I started sleeping well, again. Maybe longer. That part is fuzzy, now. Just when I’d sleep ok, we’d encounter more teething or an illness or just a bad night (everyone has bad nights once in awhile right?).
This post is more about co-miserating and hoping some people will say “me too!” than to offer much advice. The advice I will give is to give yourself some time to get back to your pre-baby sleeping habits (and for many of us we hope it’s pre-pregnancy, too, since sleeping with a 9-month belly isn’t too fun either!), but anything longer than a month or two, you might want to talk to your doctor as sleep problems have been found to be a precursor to depression.
Sleep deprivation is so very hard on us, leading to all kinds of health problems and even obesity. Try taking a hot bath, drinking tea and going to bed early for awhile to help yourself relax enough to sleep well. Now that I just night-weaned my baby, I have found that white noise actually doesn’t just help kids sleep, but me too! I started running this humidifier at night (reviews are bad but part of that is b/c of the noise which is what helps me sleep). I’m a light sleeper and will hear crying anyway, so it’s really helped me! So, if your baby is now sleeping through the night, it’s time to take care of you and make sure you start to, too!
For more adult sleep tips (I don’t have those here on this site), here are a few articles:
- National Sleep Foundation Sleep Tips
- UC San Diego Sleep Tips
- Sleep Tips: Tips for a Good Night’s Rest
- 27 Sleep Tips To Fall Asleep in 7 Minutes or Less