I know, I know. Sleep?! Chance would be a fine thing, right? Bear with me on this one though, as I’m about to stress the importance of better sleep not only for a mom’s sanity and overall wellbeing but also for its hormone balancing properties. We take what we can get sleep-wise as moms, but if we’re brutally honest with ourselves, there might be some nights that sleep isn’t always the priority, those nights when you just want to stretch out on the sofa and watch trashy TV until midnight.
Sleep should be your priority, especially as you’re a mom and especially if you want to give your body the best chance it has to heal. Here are five fantastic ways to get better sleep. We can’t help with a baby that won’t stop crying at 3am, but hopefully these tips will go some way to helping you get some extra shut-eye.
- Chores can wait. When you have a newborn baby, it’s really important to get as much sleep whenever you get a chance. Prioritise sleep over chores or better still ask a helpful family member or friend if they’d kindly help you out while you catch up on some valuable sleep.
- Avoid screens before bed. We’re ALL guilty of it. Just another quick look at Facebook before bed and before you know it you’ve got completely carried away and it’s midnight and you’re wired and baby is waking in less that 30 mins for a feed. Set yourself a no screen rule a couple of hours before bed. It helps, so stick to it.
- If you struggle to switch off then do MUTU Breathe every night. Make it so it’s part of your routine before bedtime.
- The old ‘sleep when the baby sleeps’ advice, is great if you ask me and if you have a newborn, take it Mama, take it for heaven’s sake! Everything else can wait.
- Cut caffeine. I like a cup of black coffee every now and then but try to cut caffeine where possible. It’s a stimulant after all. Switch it up for something non-caffeinated and calming. A cup of camomile tea before bed is a great way to unwind too.
Sleep is so incredibly important when your body is healing, so try at least one of the above this week for a better night’s sleep.