Blog update

Fear not! Sleep Dreams has not been abandoned. I appreciate your patience as I get back into the swing of posting and prepare to make some tweaks here. Please come back and visit again soon.

Tuesday: “On the Record”

I haven’t written anything yet about the connection between postpartum depression and sleep deprivation, but it’s something I’d like to delve into more in the months to come. This blog post, “Sleep, Motherhood And Postpartum Depression,” by Kim West, aka “The Sleep Lady” on the Huffington Post, is my first foray into this topic.

West’s post includes a number of lists, the last of which is titled “Postpartum Depression Action Plan,” and includes as its final point: “Sleep!” She writes:

“Getting at least five or six hours of uninterrupted nighttime sleep is essential to treat and potentially lower your risk of postpartum depression. This last tip — sleep — seems daunting when you have a newborn but even breastfeeding moms can do this” and then she proceeds to list four tips on how to make it happen. Please give this advice a read if you are struggling — believe me, so many women have been there, and you deserve all the help you can get.

Friday: “Roundup”

Today I’m going to let the article I chose for the “Roundup” do the rounding up for me:

10 Tips to Improve Sleep for New Moms: Sleep deprivation and motherhood don’t have to go hand-in-hand.

Somewhere in this list of ten suggestions from Denise Mann, a writer at WebMD, I hope you find the magical solution to all your sleep woes.

And have a great weekend!

Wednesday: “Wordless”


Tuesday: “On the Record”

I came across this article, “For grandparents, it’s a whole new baby culture,” a few weeks ago while searching for something completely unrelated, which I have now completely forgotten. The op-ed by Joanna Weiss, which was published last summer in The Boston Globe, focuses on the conflict parents and grandparents can experience when a baby creates a new branch on the family tree.

The writer sat in on a class called “Grandparents Today” while doing her reporting, a class that stemmed for the requests of new parents: “In the throes of stress and sleeplessness, [parents] needed someone to mediate relations in those stressful first few months.” Basically it’s like a crash course for grandparents on the “must-dos” in parenting circles these days.

But, as Weiss reminds us at the end of her article:

“….grandparents, less sleep-deprived, relieved of the duties of discipline and breadwinning, have the freedom to actually enjoy those infant days. In the class I witnessed, the prevailing mood among the grandparents-to-be — other than a healthy skepticism — was joy. I wished their grown children could have seen them in that room, cradling those plastic dolls with deep affection. They would have known that everything was going to be fine.”

Yet again, it all boils down to perspective. If only sleepy parents could have the perspective of their parents — then maybe being up all night would be a piece of cake.