Originally Posted by storychick
I fear the newborn stage now, though. Oh boy. Weeks of sleep like that and trying to keep up with our schedule is not going to be pretty.
Please, baby girl, be a sleeper, whatever else you are!
I've not had too many issues with nbs and sleeping (knock on wood). I think co-sleeping and learning to nurse side lying has been my saving sanity. Sure the babe is up every 2 to 3 hours to nurse, but I'm able to be in that 1/2 sleep stage of awareness and sometimes fall into a deep sleep. Then I get woken up and switch sides, but right back to that 1/2 sleep stage. I will even get up and go to the bathroom.
I usually nurse babe to sleep, move babe to the bassinet next to me. I will then deep sleep until the next feeding time. I usually wake up at the rustling of a babe not quite awake and take the opportunity to pee and then change babe's diaper before climbing back into bed with babe to nurse at which point babe isn't put back in the bassinet b/c I fall asleep nursing and morning comes we're still nursing.
I sleep shirtless during those first few weeks too on a washable pad to catch dripple out of mouth leaks and nipple leaks.
If I'm getting to the point of needing more deep sleep or feeling like I'm sleeping too deeply, I have actually woken myself up and put the babe back into the bassinet. It depends on the age, the babe and how I am feeling.
Think positively about that nb stage. I actually really love it. I can sling and nurse with ease. They aren't big enough in a sling to be in the way of doing other things. Babe sleeps a lot. They are easy to hold and who does not just sit and hold their sleeping baby b/c they can???!!!! Oh and diaper changes fit on the little foot stool, so I don't have to get up from just holding my baby.
just a wee bit lazy...
I guess if you have cronic issues with the ability to get back to sleep, you might want to seek a professional's advice. I still would suggest trying to establish a routine to teach yourself how to go to sleep and how to get back to sleep, if awoken in the middle of the night. I do think there are generations of us out there that were never taught how to go to sleep, my MIL is one of them and my own dad. Yet they are still expected to teach their children how to go to sleep which didn't happen for this generation.
My dh has trouble turning off his mind, I see this in our children too. I think it is their level of intelligence, the brain just isn't slowing down to allow them to sleep. My dh has explained how it feels and it happens to me on occassion. We both have learned what we need to do to turn it off. I start praying, literally in my head talking to G-d about whatever it is that is running through my head, I usually never make it to Amen. Since we do have this issue, we have been learning how to manage it and are teaching our oldest child how to sleep.
A sleep study I recently saw had a doctor state that many people who think they have sleep issues do not, they just never learned how to go to sleep. He found many patients just never would turn the TV off, put the book down, turn the radio off, or just simply lie down and actually close their eyes with the lights off. He stated these people said they were not tired, but that the solution was to set a routine and a bed time and follow it and the body would adjust -- for most people this was enough in time to have them sleeping drug free and well.
I just thought also my hypbirth cd were always very relaxing. And I have used the relaxation techinques in them over the years to sleep. You can always try the self-hyposis approach to falling asleep.