5 Super Amazing Ways To Get Better Sleep As A Mother
Being a mum can be such fun, but also a lot of work. Tireless kids, constant movement and packed schedules can certainly make every day interesting. It’s this excitement, however, that can wear us mums out. It’s just as important to get enough sleep as mum, as it is for the baby or child to get theirs too.
The average adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep a night, but after putting the kids to bed and planning the next day, too few parents get enough rest. In order to keep up with your kids, it’s important to get the sleep your body needs.
Here are five of the fastest and most effective ways to get better sleep and become a healthier, happier mum.
1. Eat A Healthy Dinner
A nutritious meal can not only keep you from waking up to hunger or indigestion, it can also help you fall asleep faster. A dinner with whole grains, fatty fish and leafy greens is an especially good choice to keep you full all night long. Plus, consider eating a bowl of sleep-enhancing fruit for dessert. Grapes, bananas and kiwi all boost melatonin levels, the hormone that regulates your sleep cycle. With just a few healthy updates to your diet, you can improve your sleep naturally, and improve your wellbeing overnight!
2. Get Bedding Based On Your Needs
If you’re uncomfortable throughout the night, your sleep is likely suffering. A better night’s rest might be worth getting a new mattress, pillow set, or sheets that are better suited to your individual needs. If you have back or neck pain, consider firmer pillows, or a mattress for troubled sleepers. If you often get overheated in the middle of the night, try out cotton sheets that wick away sweat to keep you cool. Do whatever you can to ensure that your bed supports your sleep, instead of hindering it.
3. De-Stress Before Bed
With all the excitement that comes with wrangling kids, it can be difficult to settle your mind enough to fall asleep. Whether it be reading, meditating, or practicing self-care, do helps you relax and unwind before getting into bed. Calming activities like these can lower your heart rate, de-stress and clear your head, both natural progressions into sleep.
4. Put The Phone Away
The LED light from your phone’s screen can interrupt your circadian rhythms and seriously disturb your sleep. Plus, scrolling through social media has been linked to higher stress levels which can keep you tossing and turning all night. While it may be tempting to check your phone, try your best to turn it off a few hours before bedtime. To supplement these efforts, consider dimming the lights and avoiding the television or computer screen after dinner if possible.
5. Help Your Child Sleep Better (so you can too!)
By helping your child to learn to sleep better you can hopefully sleep better too. A consistent bedtime routine can really help as children seen to do better with routine. It helps them and their bodys know what to expect at certain times of the day. You can also try black out blinds and an OK to wake clock. Different things work for different little ones.
So there you have, five different ways to get some well deserved sleep as a mum.
Always remember that looking after your health isn’t just for your sake, it’s also a crucial part of being a good mum!
Sleep deprivation in new mums can contribute to postpartum depression so do take care of yourself.
Adopt one of the above for yourself or pick your own and add it in the comments below!
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