Mother's cranky behaviour due to less sleep

 
Contributed by : Palak Vyas   
Mother's cranky behaviour due to less sleep

Mothers tend to get cranky during the day because it is difficult for them to get sound sleep with the little one around.

To deal with your crankiness, two things can be done here:

  1. Ensure your baby has sound sleep during the night.
  2. Ensure that you are properly rested during the day. (When the baby is young and you have to feed the baby or change the diapers, it is not possible for you to get rest during the day.)


The simple rule is if the baby has a sound sleep you can sleep better and if you sleep better at night, you wake up better- energetic and bright.


Steps you can take so that the baby/child sleeps better at night:

  • Make a sleeping ritual. If the baby is too young (infant), you can simply sing a lullaby, make it a point to sing the same song and use it like your sleep song or you can play the same sleep music each night.
  • For a baby who is above a year, you can make a sleeping sequence like brushing teeth, bath time, changing nightwear, reading books, lights out, sleep.
  • For a child who is above 3 years, you can have a bedtime conversation each night before reading a book. Ask your child about their day at school, tell them your routine and make it an interesting conversation. Tell them stories or read a book, change into pyjamas, brush teeth and go to bed.
  • Turn off all screens 1 or 2 hours before bed.
  • Train your baby and associate bed and bedroom to deep sleep and relaxation time.
  • Even after this, if you find your child is unable to sleep properly at night for days and weeks together, it is better to see a paediatrician or a sleep specialist.



Steps to take a rest in between sleepless nights and cranky days

  • Make time for yourself during the day. When the baby sleeps during the day, you go and sleep instead of running for pending chores.
  • Create a nice space in your house, cosy and comfy and perfect for you to relax.
  • Ask help from friends, family or your spouse to watch over the baby till you take a nap.
  • Take turns with your partner at night and even during the day so both of you feel rested.
  • But with little kids around it is always difficult to sleep at night so just keep patience, once they grow up you will be alright. Try and cope with it.



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