“I felt frustrated and miserable. It felt like there was no end. There was no hope. I lost myself and could no longer recognize myself.”
31-year-old new mom Chantelle Angel struggled with sleep deprivation for eight months during what should have been one of the happiest times of her life.
For the first few months, Hampstead’s mother’s son Joshua, now 3, woke up frequently during the night and could not sleep.
Describing the physical and emotional toll this took on her, she said: you will just shut down. right?
“I used to go to bed every night with my anxiety barely satisfied. Can I have an hour? [sleep]? Do you want to do it for 2 hours? ”
A vicious cycle of fatigue began to affect not only her, but her relationships with those closest to her.
Chantel, a former Montessori teacher, said: I felt that taking care of the baby was my job.
“He’s the one who was providing. Lack of sleep only makes you sleepless. At that point, you’re not relying on me to put a roof over your head. So I did whatever I could. I began to resent myself for not sleeping when I was sleeping.”
Chantel felt physically and mentally unable to turn to her friends for advice.
“I think I isolated myself because I didn’t have the energy to meet and talk to a lot of my friends,” she said.
“It was just about survival. It sounds like a crazy concept. But every day this kid feeds you, needs you, needs everything. You’re so tired. You just I have to keep going.”
After eight months of trying everything to get her son to sleep, Shantell and her husband “waste” the money they paid for a sleep consultant.
Within two days of the family’s visit to the sleep trainer, her son was sleeping regularly. “My life changed in an instant,” Charlotte said.
Chantel and her husband did not receive any support until they visited a sleep consultant.
Inspired by her struggles, Chantel is now a Montessori sleep consultant. Helps develop regular sleep patterns.
Her business, Dreaming Angels, was founded out of a desire to provide her parents with the support she didn’t have. Chantelle is now working with companies like Facebook to reach out to her parents who found themselves in a situation three years ago.
She added: […and…] I won’t leave until the issue is resolved. ”
For more information, please visit www.dreamingangels.co.uk.