I was so tired when my babies were little, that whenever someone (ahem, my own father) would yawn and complain they only got a measly seven hours of uninterrupted sleep the night before, I would shoot dagger eyes at them. I had no pity for these folks (sorry Dad), because deep in the trenches of sleep deprivation, I was desperate to know how to get more sleep as a new mom. Because if I didn't get some decent shut eye soon, things were going to get ugly.
Mamas with little ones out there — you feel me, right? Middle of the night feedings, babies crying for no apparent reason, and more of the same in the daylight hours will wear a sister down fast. But as Healthline pointed out, the dangers of sleep deprivation are real and can effect you psychologically, emotionally, and physically. Getting good sleep is always important, but when you have a baby in your care, you need to be as on top of your game as possible.
If you're in the trenches and the circles under your eyes are so dark they could be mistaken for war paint, keep hope alive! Try out some of these seven ways new moms can get more sleep, and you'll be snoozing like nobody's business by tonight.