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THE TOLL TAKEN ON EXHAUSTED PARENTS

Updated: Nov 14, 2022

Introduction

When my daughter was six months old, she started having trouble falling asleep. When she did fall asleep, it was only for a couple hours at a time. This meant that most nights I wasn't getting any sleep either. It also meant that my relationship with my husband suffered, as neither of us were in the mood to cuddle up together when we were too exhausted to do anything else but pass out for an hour or two at a time between naps and feedings. We had dinner dates with other couples but would spend more time talking about how tired we all were than actually enjoying each others company (plus baby always fussed no matter where we went).


New parents will go to great lengths to get their babies to sleep.

When your newborn won't go to sleep no matter what you try, it's tempting to become desperate. But new parents can go too far when they start employing tactics like:

  • Changing the formula

  • Adding sugar water

  • Giving up and letting their babies cry

These methods might seem like a quick fix, but in the long run they will only serve to make the problem worse. The first step is understanding why your baby won't go to sleep. If you're struggling with this issue, read our article "Why Babies Won't Go to Sleep" for more information on how best to approach it.

The next thing to do is take a step back and think about what you want for your baby. You want him or her to be happy, healthy, and content—and the best way to achieve this is by giving them lots of love! In order for babies to thrive, they need a loving home filled with positive attention from their parents. This means giving them plenty of hugs and kisses on their cheeks, making sure that when things go wrong they know they're loved despite mistakes being made


The toll on the parent.

>Parents who are sleep deprived are more likely to be stressed and depressed, have health problems, and experience relationship issues.

Sleep deprivation can affect your physical and mental health in a number of ways. For example:

  • Sleep deprivation is associated with high levels of stress hormones that can over time lead to increased risk of heart disease or diabetes.

  • Sleep deprivation has been linked to insulin resistance (which increases the risk for type 2 diabetes) as well as strokes or heart attacks.

  • In some studies, participants reported feeling more fatigued after being awake for long periods of time than they did after not getting enough sleep.

One common cause of sleep deprivation is parenting. Parents who are sleep deprived are more likely to be stressed and depressed, have health problems, and experience relationship issues. Sleep deprivation can affect your physical and mental health in a number of ways.

Naps can be hard, too.

Let's say you're having a stressful day. You're exhausted, and you want to take a nap. Your baby also wants to take a nap, but he or she won't settle down without crying until you nurse him or her back to sleep. If you do manage to get some shut-eye, the baby wakes up soon after and starts bawling again—and this time it takes even longer for you both to fall asleep again. Even if your partner can give them their bottle while they're awake so that they'll go back down more easily, doing so means less quality time together as well as less bonding time between parent and child (not to mention less sleep).

You don't have control over someone else's behavior—but there are still things that can be done about this situation! First of all: always make sure naps happen on schedule! This will help make sure that everyone gets enough rest at night and during the day; plus it will ensure that your baby doesn't become overtired when trying to fall asleep at night (or worse yet wake up too early). That said...

The impact of lack of sleep on the parents relationship.

The impact of lack of sleep on the parents relationship.

Sleep is necessary for a healthy, happy relationship. Without it, you may find yourself feeling irritable and frustrated, which can lead to fights with your partner or other family members. You’re less likely to be patient when dealing with your partner if you’re tired. If one person is always sleeping less than the other person, they will feel like they are constantly giving more than they get from their partner in terms of time together (or just basic attention). This can lead to resentment and eventually an argument about how much time each person spends working versus resting versus spending together as a couple/family unit.

impact of lack of sleep on the parents relationship. Sleep is necessary for a healthy, happy relationship. Without it, you may find yourself feeling irritable and frustrated, which can lead to fights with your partner or other family members. You’re less likely to be patient when dealing with your partner if you’re tired. If one person is always sleeping less than the other person, they will feel like they are constantly giving more than they get from their partner in terms of time together


Sleep is important for our well being and relationships.

  • Sleep is important for our well being and relationships.

  • When we don't get enough sleep, it affects not only our mood but also our health and the people around us.

  • It's no secret that lack of sleep can impact mental health and make you more depressed, but it can also cause physical problems like heart disease or weight gain.

  • A lack of sleep can lead to relationship problems with your partner, who might not understand why they feel exhausted while you're still going strong after a full night's rest (or vice versa).

With all that being said, it's important not to let your sleep habits dictate your day. If you wake up feeling refreshed and energized after staying up late at night, then don't feel bad about it! But if you're routinely getting less than seven hours of sleep per night, try going to bed earlier or taking naps throughout the day.

Conclusion

While it’s important to get enough sleep, it can be hard to do when you have a baby. There are many things that affect our ability to sleep well, including stress and anxiety. It can also be hard for parents who don’t have much time alone together before their baby comes along. But if you find yourself feeling anxious about your lack of sleep or worried about how your relationship is affected by all this stress, don’t forget that there are resources available for you!

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