Besides being tired and sleepy, the first effect of
sleep deprivation is nearly always emotional: we feel down, low
on energy and without much confidence in what we do.
It's good to realize this and to think about it when you feel depressed
after many broken nights with your baby. It's only the lack of sufficient rest
doing this - it's
not you not being strong enough or not trying hard enough.
by catching up on rest as much as you can. A quick nap, an early night
or even an hour or so between the last day and first night feed can
work wonders. You may find a couple of simple relaxation
techniques helpful too.
do not hesitate to ask your partner, family or friends to help you from
time to time, for example with babysitting while you nap. If you would
like support you can also contact
me, I'm always happy to advise.
The answer to the Why
Is Sleep Important? question is in all of the above.
The best tip I can give is to keep the importance in
the back of your mind, but do not over-emphasize. Simple as it may seem, keeping a
attitude will help both you and your little one get more rest.