Mental healthParentingSleep

It doesn’t matter how many children you have; nothing can prepare you for the sleep deprivation when your little one arrives. The effects of sleep deprivation can be very harsh on both parents and children alike and that’s why it’s so important that sleepless nights don’t continue for longer than necessary.

When it comes to baby and toddler sleep, you will hear all sorts of comments and experiences. One of the first questions you’ll likely be asked is whether your child is sleeping through the night. This question puts pressure on parents, especially when a child is not yet sleeping through. A good night’s sleep is essential for the growth and development of your child but also for your own wellbeing and health as a parent, so seeking help from a sleep professional should be top of your priority list when you need some extra rest.

What does sleeping through the night actually mean?

As a rule of thumb, most people would consider a full night’s sleep anything between 10-12 hours of unbroken sleep. However, for many parents who are up every 40 minutes to 1 hour with their child, a stretch of 6-9 with one wake and then going back to sleep would be more than sufficient to recover some much-needed sleep, and provide confidence that your little one has the ability to sleep for the full 10-12 hours over time. In saying this, sleep quality is much more important than sleep duration and a good sleep consultant will be able to help you achieve both.

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