There are many tips and tactics on how to get a better night’s sleep, some of which have been covered here on this blog. But for stressed out moms, the most important aspect of your sleep is the quality of it, not the amount of time you can spend in bed.
When your little ones finally start sleeping through the night, it can be incredibly tough to get your routine back to normal - you are still on ‘red alert’ mode and are frightened of getting the deep sleep you need to have a productive day. With this in mind, here are some top tips for getting over that stressful, baby-caused insomnia that all mothers endure.
First of all, you need to retrain your body to develop a better routine than you have been used to recently. Try setting the alarm on your phone or clock that gives you a ten-minute signal that tells you it is time to go to bed - and be disciplined about it, too. Many moms try going through the week on a few hours per night and catch up on the weekends, but this is a mistake. Once you retrain your body to go to bed at a set time, stick to it, and you will find that deep sleep is a lot easier to achieve.
There are a few habits you can start using to help your body start to wind down for bed. Try dimming the lights a half hour or so before going to your bedroom, or read a book for half an hour. You also might think about listening to some calming, soothing music, or maybe even do some yoga or meditation. Avoid watching TV or using your smartphone or tablets, as this will cause your brain to go into alert mode.
Some people prefer sleeping in hot rooms, others prefer the cold. And there will be times during the night when you need to switch, too. To ensure that your room temperature doesn’t wake you up from your deep sleep, try using layers rather than a single duvet. Look around the web for bed sheet reviews and find out which covers suit your needs the most, and maybe invest in a heavier blanket, too. This way, you will be able to toss off layers as and when you need to, and you will find that you start doing this without waking up from your deep slumber.
Invest in the right pillows
Pillows are one of the most important aspects of achieving a great night’s sleep - and if you are a stressed mom that needs to improve the quality of their slumber, then it’s worth investigating your options. The ideal pillow is not too soft, and not too high. Many people find that water-filled pillows give them the perfect night’s sleep, and you also need to invest in naturally cold fibers when it comes to choosing covers.
Deep sleep is so important to parents, as it allows you to heal from the stresses and strains of busy days. These tips should help you find it easier to get out of that habit of being in red alert mode and give you a chance to fall into a lovely, health-improving slumber. Let us know how you get on!