Sleep Management and Working Parents
When a new baby enters the picture, it is sometimes difficult for working parents to get a good night of sleep. The Wall Street Journal recently offered a few coping tips through their blog "The Juggle" which examines the choices and trade-offs people make as they juggle work and family. According to the writers, parents who are juggling their professional life with caring for an infant can get better sleep if they -
- Both moms and dads (especially nursing mothers) should try to limit their caffeine intake throughout the day. Drinking water, chewing gum, and walking around can aide in staying awake during the day.
- Refrain from comforting your baby every time he/she cries at night. Eventually, your baby should adjust to the limits that you lay down.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends that parents find help during the first few months of their baby’s life so that they can take uninterrupted naps. Parents should also try and split up the nighttime care responsibilities so that the burden does not fall entirely on one person.
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