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How to cope when you aren’t getting any sleep

It’s hard being up with a baby. It might feel like ages since you last had a good night's sleep. It’s natural to feel like your baby sleeps less than everyone else’s.

Dealing with lack of sleep is the hardest part for many new parents. Here are some tips from other parents that might help.

What the professionals say

“Sleep disruption on top of all the stresses of new parenthood can make everything feel overwhelming. Try not to judge your ability as a parent by how much your baby sleeps, or compare them to other babies. Do what works best for you and your baby.”

Professor Helen Ball, Professor of Anthropology

More information

A lack of sleep can have a real impact on you, your mood and your wellbeing. If you’re struggling to get rest and you are worried about how you are feeling, give your health visitor a call.

Sleep problems during the coronavirus pandemic

You may have found that your wee one’s sleeping patterns have become more disturbed since the coronavirus pandemic started. This could be because lockdown restrictions have made it harder for everyone in your family to get out and about and burn off energy. Or it could be because groups and activities you usually attend together have been closed.

If your child has additional support needs, you may be finding it even harder if you haven’t been able to get the same level of support and respite you did before the pandemic started. If this is the case for you, you’re not alone, and there is support out there and the following organisations can all help:

Cry-sis offer help and support to parents with babies who cry excessively or have sleeping problems. They have a helpline you can call on 08451 228 669.

Sleep Scotland offer support to improve sleep habits for children and young people. Call them on 0131 258 1258 or visit their website.

Twins Trust have advice on sleep if you have twins, triplets or more.

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Last updated: 29 Sep, 2021