If you’re new parents, you probably have a lot on your mind. You have a new person in your family and looking after a newborn takes a lot of effort out of your busy day. You may have work or other children to look after in addition to your newborn. In this busy time, you may be neglecting your sleep to look after your new baby. Here’s why you still need to get plenty of sleep when you have a newborn.
You Need Energy
Looking after a newborn is an immense job and if you’re not fully rested, your going to have a hard time dealing with all the needs that your baby has. Try to stick to a proper sleep schedule so you’re not tired. If you need to get up in the night, try to take turns to look after your baby’s needs. You may also both work full-time jobs so you need sleep for both your newborn and your job. Neglecting sleep will leave you run down and tired which could impact your job performance as well as your baby.If you want to be productive and tend to the needs of you newborn, you need to get more sleep.
Sleep is Key for Health
If you don’t sleep, you’re not only going to feel tired, but it can make you unhealthy. You may reach for poor food choices to comfort yourself since you’re so tired. A recent study showed that a lack of sleep can contribute to major health problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and weight gain. If you sleep less that six hours per night according to the study, your more likely to have weight gain or be obese. If you suffer from diabetes, getting enough sleep can reduce your blood sugar levels in a positive way and lessen the chance of getting type 2 diabetes.
By sleeping enough, you can ward off the common cold and strengthen your immune system. You need to be healthy to look after your newborn because of all the new demands the baby places on you. If you don’t sleep, you are placing your own health at risk.
Wear and Tear on Your Body
Your body goes though a lot each day internally that you may not realize. Your cells are regenerating, your growing hair, nails, and new skin cells. When you sleep, the body does most of its regenerating and you need sleep for the proper functioning of your body. You grow new muscle and repair tissues almost exclusively when you sleep.
It’s clear to see that you need your sleep even if you have a new member of the family to take care of. It’s possible to tend to the needs of your baby while still taking care of yourself. By sleeping smart you’ll be more productive, feel better and be healthy so you can enjoy all that your new baby is going to bring you. Make adequate sleep apart of your life and both your baby and your body will thank you.