Surviving with a new born – how to get much needed shut eye as a first-time parent

Sleep expert explains the benefits of sleep shouldn’t be underestimated

November 30th, 2017

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  • 25% of mums get less than five hours of sleep per night
  • 77% of Brits fail to get the sleep they need to feel healthy and happy

First-time parent and craving a full night’s kip? It’s no secret that becoming a new mum or dad can wreak havoc on your sleeping patterns – and it doesn’t finish once you get past the new born stage.  Research from Sealy’s Worldwide Sleep Census has revealed that a whopping 77% of Brits fail to get the sleep they need to feel healthy and happy – with mums losing an average of TWO FULL WEEK’S sleep in the first year of parenthood.

Holly Housby, sleep expert at the UK’s number one bed brand, Sealy, shares with us her top survival tips on how you can tackle new-mum sleep troubles, and how you can enjoy that coveted great night’s sleep.

Keep your baby close

For the first six months of their life, it is highly recommended that you keep your baby in the same room as you. Invest in a bedside crib, ideally with a mesh panel so your baby can see you. Specifically designed to allow you and your baby to sleep next to each other, these cribs are particularly useful if you are nursing, allowing you to feed without having to leave the comfort of your bed.

Introduce a bedtime routine early on

With almost half of UK mums stating that a lack of sleep means they are frequently irritable and short-tempered, it can be helpful to introduce a loose bedtime routine. If you do this from an early stage it can help small babies to differentiate the difference between day and night. To accomplish this you can buy black-out blinds for their bedrooms, keep lights throughout the house off or dimly lit, speak in low and quiet tones, and keep the same bedtime routine for your baby every day.

Power eat

With more than half (65%) of mums with young children having their sleep disturbed on a regular basis, it is widely suggested that having a ‘midnight snack’ if woken in the night can help you sleep more efficiently. Pick foods containing high levels of sleep inducing chemicals; serotonin, tryptophan, and melatonin such as bananas, almonds and cherries, to help you drift off to a more relaxed sleep.

Say no to caffeine

We get it; the lure of caffeine is strong when you have small children. But however tempting it may be, indulging in your favourite coffee to help you stay alert during the day can have a negative impact on your sleep. Avoid drinking caffeine after mid-day and switch to drinks such as chamomile tea, or join your little one with a glass of milk - which is rich in sleep-inducing amino acid tryptophan.

Remember – sleepless nights won’t last forever

It may feel like there is no light at the end of the tunnel, especially when you are regularly woken up several times a night. During these tough months focus on self-care, introducing a relaxing bedtime routine for yourself such as; a hot bubble bath, relaxing music and a good book. As well as this, confide in family and friends, as well as expressing any worries via parenting forums and websites. The main thing to remember is that you are not alone, so seek support when you need it.

For more information, please contact the Sealy press office team, phone: 0113 430 4160 or email:

The full Sealy World Sleep Census can be found online at


For more information, or to interview Sealy’s sleep spokesperson, Neil Robinson please contact the Sealy press office team, phone: 0113 320 4583 /

Sealy is the biggest bed brand in the world and is part of the Silentnight Group here in the UK. We have operated in this country under licence from Sealy Inc in North Carolina since 1974, which, in 2013, merged with Tempur in the USA to become Tempur-Sealy. The company is renowned for being a global leader in the field of sleep technology development.

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