Unfortunately, sleep deprivation and insomnia is seen as a natural part of early motherhood.
Often this is down to a crying baby disrupting sleep - but what rarely gets talked about is postnatal insomnia.
Postnatal insomnia is the term given to new parents (typically mothers) who find sleep difficult even when their baby is sleeping soundly.
This is often due to the stresses and anxieties of being a new mother and the corresponding behaviors such as being unable to relax due to excessive 'baby listening' and the subsequent light sleep that is easily disturbed.
Hormonal shifts may have a role to play, too.
Fortunately, new mothers rarely need sleeping pills to successfully get through this period of sleep deprivation.
Instead, observing typical sleep hygiene recommendations can often be all that's needed.
For a more advanced (but still drug-free) intervention, cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia may be considered.
Last updated: July 7, 2014