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How to cope when you aren’t getting any sleep

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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

If you’re worried about your baby or child’s sleep, remember, you’re not alone – there is support out there, starting with your GP or health visitor. The following organisations can also 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. Email to get in touch or visit their website.

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

Last updated: 20 Jun, 2023