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.
Sound sleep is restorative for the brain and body—it affects the way that an individual looks, feels, and performs each day and can have a major impact on overall quality of life. The practices, habits, and environmental factors that help an individual achieve sound sleep are referred to as proper “
.” The practice of proper sleep hygiene includes the following elements:
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