Life without the bedtime battle: what it's really like when your baby sleeps through the night [VIDEO + BLOG]
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I just wanted to take some time this afternoon to talk about the real effects of sleep training.
I’m not talking about the obvious fact that you’ll have a child that sleeps through the night-- I’m talking about what that actually MEANS.
Those of you that have ever been sleep deprived know the effect that it has on your mind, body, and life. I mean, sleep deprivation is used as a form of torture! Studying sleep deprivation in a lab environment is highly regulated because of the adverse effects it can have on study participants, but it’s something we expect new parents to just deal with every single day.
Not getting enough sleep can contribute to postpartum depression and anxiety, and lead to a whole host of physical issues like diabetes and weight gain.
It’s dangerous when you have to drive or care for a baby. It can have a negative impact on your marriage and how you bond with your children.
But if you're in the middle of not getting sleep, you already know all of these things: You already know that you’re struggling.
I want to give you some concrete examples of what life can look like without the bedtime battle--when you’re whole family is getting the sleep that you need.
First of all, imagine life when anyone can put your baby to bed and they’ll fall asleep easily and happily. That means no hours of rocking, singing, and trying to ninja sneak out of the nursery. That means you could leave baby with grandma or a sitter for the evening and go out on a date!
Or you could stay home and have your evenings back. After your regular bedtime routine early in the evening, you could have time by yourself or with your partner to reconnect and catch up with each other, or catch up on the TV shows you’ve been meaning to watch.
Speaking of reconnecting with your partner, imagine have your evening, and bedroom, and bed back at night? I think you all know what I’m getting at, but I’ll throw out the fact that sleep deprivation can have an effect on fertility hormones. So if your goal is to have another baby, having your kids sleeping through the night can be helpful in more ways that one.
Imagine what kind of parent you would be when you’re well rested and your baby is well rested? What kind of memories could you make together when bedtime and naptime aren’t struggles? When you both have the energy to explore the world? When you’re both well rested and less grumpy, because let’s face it who ISN’T grumpy when they’re sleepy?
Imagine what you could do with your time when naptimes and bedtimes are regular and you’re well rested? How much more could you focus on work? How could you reconnect with your friends and your hobbies?
How much more would you feel like yourself when you’re getting the rest that you need and have the energy to do the things you love, by yourself, with your partner, with your friends, and with your kids?
When I talk to clients about sleep training, we talk about building a bridge. Right now, you’re in this place of depletion and exhaustion. You probably feel overwhelmed and underrested. Where do you want to be? If you had a magic wand, what would your life look like in regards to sleep? Would you have a monthly date night with your partner? Would you have the energy for more play dates or adventures with your kids? Would you take up a new hobby or fitness routine?
I want to help you build the bridge from where you are to where you want to be, and equip you with all of the tools and confidence that you need to get there. If you’re ready to cross that bridge, apply for a complimentary sleep assessment.
Bluegrass Baby Co. offers in-home sleep coaching services throughout Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana, but we can also travel to you.