We have been very lucky that our 1.5 year old child is a good sleeper. We did some sleep training early on and she now sleeps through the night quite consistently. We are grateful for that!
However, it feels like both my sleep quality and my wife’s sleep quality have been permanently damaged. Before having a child, we would both sleep very well: 7-8 hours per night, rarely waking in the middle of the night. Now, our child is sleeping peacefully for 10-12 hours, but we are often lying in bed awake. Tossing and turning; waking sometimes at 2 or 3 am and being unable to fall asleep again. We regularly now get less than 4 hours of sleep. It is ironic that our child sleeps so well and yet we are still so sleep deprived!
Is this a common experience for new parents?
Are there actual changes in the brain that cause sleep quality to diminish?
Any tips or solutions?