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Sleep Myths: Debunked!

When we are pregnant, we are inundated with advice, suggestions, and opinions by everyone from our loved ones to the cashier at the grocery store. While I’m sure everyone has the best intentions, this barrage of information can be overwhelming nonetheless. It’s a whirlwind of, “You should,” “You’ll want to,” and “You just have to.” If there’s no such number as kajillion, it should be created specifically to measure the number of suggestions a new mother hears in her first year of motherhood. So today I want to focus on my area of expertise – SLEEP – and try to dispel some of the more popular myths I’ve seen in parenting forums, heard in mom’s groups, or had angrily shouted at me in all caps in my Instagram DMs.

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How Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Relationship

What is it about having an awful night’s sleep that makes everyone else so intolerable? It seems that way, doesn’t it? You have a night of interrupted, fitful, downright bad sleep and the next day people are driving like they don’t have their licenses, are jabbing incessantly in the Starbucks line before you’ve had your coffee, or are asking you the same work question that you’ve answered a dozen times already. Is the universe just messing with you? Maybe. But a more likely explanation is that your lack of sleep is making it impossible for you to react rationally to frustrating – and even mundane – situations.

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Is My Baby Waking From Hunger?

When babies wake up crying in the middle of the night, it’s tough to determine whether it’s because they need to eat or because they just want to see a parent back in the room. Many babies develop a dependency on nursing, rocking, sucking, and more in order to fall asleep at bedtime which they then need again in order to connect their sleep cycles throughout the night. If your baby is waking up several times throughout the night, how can you know whether they are waking up out of true hunger or whether they just need a little help falling back to sleep?

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Extending Naps

Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar…

Your baby wakes up in the morning after a solid night’s sleep. You feed her, change her, play with her for a little bit, maybe take a walk outside. Nap time comes around so you rock her to sleep and gently place her in her crib for her morning nap. And then, 30 minutes later, she wakes up. Fussy, irritable, and inconsolable. Despite your pleading, bargaining, and comfort tactics, she refuses to go back to sleep. So after a half hour of trying to get her to fall back to sleep, you finally give in, hoping that she’ll be much more tired when her afternoon nap rolls around. Except that afternoon, you have the exact same scenario play out again and your little one is a ball of crankiness for the rest of the day. What in the world is going on?

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Healthy Sleep During the Holidays

With the holidays approaching, many parents whose little ones are on a good schedule may worry that sleep will regress over the holidays. This is a totally valid concern. Between the travel, the constant attention, the excitement, and the plethora of activities, the holidays can be disastrous to everyone’s sleep schedule, especially infants and young children who have greater sleep needs than adults. Guess what? It doesn’t have to be this way! With some strategic planning and determination, you can maintain a healthy sleep schedule no matter what your holiday plans entail.

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