It’s 3 a.m. and your baby is crying again. Does her diaper need changing? Is he hungry? Does she need to be changed and fed? Unfortunately, interrupted sleep is a fact of life for parents of a newborn which makes those first few months of parenthood utterly and completely exhausting. It is not at all unusual for new parents to feel sleep deprived and wonder if they will ever get a good night’s sleep again. While a night of uninterrupted sleep is unlikely those first few months, there are strategies you can use to maximize the amount of rest you do get. Incorporating those strategies can help to alleviate some of the negative health consequences that can occur due to disrupted sleep.
When an individual has regular exams, his or her physician can compare measurements of weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass index (BMI) over the years and address changes as needed. According to the
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
, all adults — even seemingly healthy ones — should undergo regular physical examinations at their healthcare provider’s recommended frequency.