One of the hardest things about becoming a Mummy is the lack of sleep and trying to find time to get that all important sleep in can be very hard, leaving you feeling exhausted, emotional and drained. In this post I'll let you know some of my top tips for making sure you get enough sleep in those first few difficult months.
- Make rest a priority - It's very difficult in the day to stop everything and just rest because there is always so much to do, as soon as you get your baby off to sleep you instantly think of a million and one jobs that need to get done before they wake up and you spend the whole time rushing around to get things done. However taking the time to get some rest in the day will not only lessen the effects of sleep deprivation it will also improve the quality of your sleep at night. So when your baby naps take a bit of time, even if it's just 10 minutes to just sit or lie down, close your eyes and takes some deep breaths, then have a drink of water or a piece of fruit and use that time to recharge a little bit before your baby wakes up and needs your full attention again.
- Make your bed a nice place to be - It's really important to have a comfortable bed if you want a good nights sleep, one of the most important factors are pillows, it's advised that you should try Memory foam pillows for a great nights sleep as they give your head and neck to correct support that they need and allow you to sleep comfortably all night long. It's also important to have nice bedding, I always sleep better when I have some nice new, fresh clean bedding on my bed so why not treat yourself to some just before baby arrives, you can find a Great selection of bedding and duvets online at The Bedding Company.
- Get some exercise - When you're an exhausted new mum the last thing on your mind is exercising however exercise can be very beneficial to new mums because it helps to reduce levels of adrenaline and other stress hormones and it boosts the production of hormones that repair the body which boosts your immune system and overall health. Exercise also ensures that when you sleep you spend more time in a deep sleep which means you'll feel much more rested and alert when you wake up. You don't need to go to the gym to exercise you can just take your baby out in the pram for a 20 minute walk which will be nice for you and the baby.
- Make a list - If one of the things that is stopping you from getting some sleep is the fact that you can't switch off because you have a million things racing around in your head that you need to do, one of the best ways to deal with that is to make a list. Before you go to bed write a list of all the jobs that you need to do and things that you need to remember and you'll find that it's a lot easier to relax your mind knowing that it's all down on paper making it much easier for you to sleep.
- Avoid stimulants - Try to avoid stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol, when you're tired it's very tempting to drinks lots of strong coffee to give you a much needed boost however drinking them too much could be what is causing you to not be able to sleep effectively. Caffeine can take up to 10 hours to leave your body so it's important to bear this in mind when you have a cup of tea or coffee in the morning as it could effect your sleep that night. Alcohol is commonly used to relax yourself in the evening however it actually stops you from getting a good, deep sleep and can leave you feeling mentally fuzzy in the morning. Herbal teas and water are much better if you want to improve your sleeping habits.