About one in three mothers struggle with getting their babies to sleep.
Every mother can relate to being tired. You honestly don't know what tired is until you become a parent. You don't get to sleep for long periods of times, you don't get to take proper naps, and there is an angry little human that keeps yelling at you for reasons that you might not even understand. One of the hardest struggles of parenthood is trying to get your little one to sleep so you can sleep. Some babies and children just don't like sleeping because they feel like they are going to miss out on all the action while they are asleep. A study revealed that you are certainly not alone if you are struggling to get your child to sleep.
A recent study published in the journal BMJ Open showed that about 30% of new mothers struggle to get their babies to sleep at night. Mothers say that they have difficulty getting their children to settle down to be able to get some sleep. When parents have a tough time getting their kids to sleep it can lead to more significant short and long term problems. Tired parents have poor mental and physical health. Mothers who are struggling with getting their children to sleep will have less sleep themselves and have a higher risk of suffering from postpartum depression.
Australia understands the consequences of exhausted parents and they have developed support and help for parents to receive tools to get their children to sleep. They have designed residential parenting services called "sleep schools." These services provide structured programs to help develop parenting skills. Parents attend and stay in the facility for three to four days and are guided through sleep, settling and feeding skills and strategies. However, the problem with these services is the lack of locations and high demand. Usually, there are long waiting lists due to so many parents wanting to utilize these services.
Many women were studies to ask why they struggled to get their babies to settle down and go to sleep. A lot of women shared that they suffered from mental health issues and that they had traumatizing births that made it difficult to bond with their baby. The services provided at the residential locations also include psychological help for parents to help them cope with some of the new complexities of parenthood.