Sleep Tips for New Moms
Other than your wedding day, this is probably the most important moment in your life – when you become a mother. Once your baby is born, all of your attention is directed to the well-being of your child. Nothing else matters, and sometimes new mothers tend to forget the importance of their own health. We all know that babies require constant attention, but that does not mean to stop paying attention to your health and well-being too. The good news is, we have done the work for you since your plate is already filling up with new mom responsibilities!
Tip #1: When Your Baby Sleeps, You Sleep
This is one of the most important things new moms tend to forget. When your baby is awake and alert, there is no time to use it for yourself and get in the optimal Zzz’s. Even if your baby takes an hour nap, make sure you sleep at the same time! So, when your baby wakes up, you were able to allow your body to rest and gain energy for the next task ahead. Take every chance you can to let your body rejuvenate, because you never know when your next nap may be.
Tip #2: Don’t Run Your Coffee Machine
We all know how tough caffeine cravings can be when you are dragging along. However, no matter how much your body is demanding it, do not drink it 6 hours prior to bedtime. The last thing you want to happen is drink coffee close to prime sleep time, and you’re not able to fall asleep. Now, this also includes any caffeinated teas, drinks, even that yummy chocolate you occasionally snack on.
Tip #3: Have a Bubble Bath
Before heading to bed, run some hot water with a bath bomb, grab your favorite magazine or book, and soak in the bathtub. Being a new mom is a full-time job, so you deserve this well-earned relaxation time. Now, remember to solely focus on what you’re doing and try to not let your mind wander, because that could prevent your body from relaxing at all. Once your body has relaxed, it will have a much easier time to fall asleep. However, make sure to not fall asleep in the bathtub! Nice, warm sheets are much more comfortable than cold bath water.
Tip #4: Same for Caffeine, Lay Off the Alcohol
I know it can be a force of habit to grab the wine opener after a stress-filled day. However, it will not make it easier for your body to fall asleep. In fact, alcohol makes your body work harder to obtain efficient snoozes. That glass of Pinot may not be worth it when your body is working to metabolize it, when your original hope was for it to help your body relax. Yeah, not so much. The bottle is not going anywhere – save it for a rainy day.
If All Else Fails, Medication Works Too
Sometimes, our bodies need a helping hand to achieve the optimal rest it needs, and that’s okay! A lot of people use Melatonin to help sleep at night, which is already a natural hormone in our bodies that help regulate our “sleep-wake” cycle. The plus side about Melatonin is that although it helps your body fall asleep, it does not make you feel groggy in the morning, but refreshed and ready to go!
All in all, being a new mom is hard work. However, it is also one of the most rewarding jobs you can have in life. You are doing the best you can, and that’s all that matters. We are here to help you maintain that amazing energy and be the best mom you can possibly be.