As tired mums ourselves, we’re all too aware of how motherhood and lack of sleep go hand in hand! So we wanted to share some top tips to help get you sleeping again.
If the kids aren’t awake, then we’re worrying about them or struggling to switch our brains off at the end of a busy day.
But it’s not just enough to get some sleep to function the next day. You need good quality sleep, something we mums are definitely lacking.
Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to your energy levels, lowers the risk of disease, and helps reduce stress.
Wellness expert and Naturopath Sarah McLachlan discusses various issues, including sleep, in podcasts on our Wellness program
She explains why ensuring you’re sleeping well should be a priority in your week.
“Getting enough sleep should be integral to your health care routine, especially your mental health and well-being,” she says.
“If we’re not sleeping well, our bodies and minds can’t repair and grow the new cells we need to stay healthy.”
“Our cortisol levels, which are naturally higher during the day, would never have time to lower, thus keeping us in a permanent state of stress.”
There’s a reason why sleep deprivation has been utilised as a method of torture! Without sleep, we basically cannot function properly.
We’ve all had that horrible feeling, having been woken from a deep slumber with our eyes barely open. Still, our feet have already hit the ground running because we have things to do, and the day must go on.
We often end up using coffee to help us wake up because we can barely get our bodies to function, and everything feels heavy.
We reach straight for the stimulant. Many of us will never give up our coffee! And that’s okay if we’re aware of how addictive it can be and how it’s used as a crutch. It’s like a vicious cycle of chasing that first high.
But there might be other reasons why you can’t sleep well. You might be stressed, anxious, not exercising enough, not eating well or not setting yourself up for a good night’s kip.
Eating before bed will engage your digestive system, leading to a poorer night’s sleep.
Working out increases our body’s temperature, making sleeping more difficult.
While alcohol might help you drift off and caffeine might help you stay awake, these stimulants can profoundly affect your sleep patterns.
Alcohol and caffeine should be avoided at least three hours before sleeping.
Turn off your television, as exposure to artificial light can disrupt your internal clock. Try reading before bed instead.
To help induce sleep hormones, have a warm bath or shower before bed.
Try relaxing music or meditation. This will help you fully relax to fall asleep quicker.
Don’t call or text family or friends or scroll through your phone for at least an hour before bed. This can stimulate your brain, and that’s the opposite of what you want to do.
Your bedroom is purely for sleeping and lovemaking. There shouldn’t be anything else in your room.
What’s happening outside the bedroom is also of importance. Some people live near a main road and have excessive traffic noise.
Your body can become reliant on them in the long run. If you require sleeping pills, keep them to a bare minimum, using them only sparingly.
The better you eat, the better you will sleep. Any junk food will make you feel sluggish. Keep your meals clean and full of fibre, which is associated with restorative sleep.
Creativity is crucial for peace and happiness and takes many shapes and forms. All of these things create a huge difference within the body. It’s imperative to make sure that you prioritise sleep and get enough sleep regularly.
A big thing to talk about here is melatonin, its importance, and its role in the body. Then we can understand what we have to do every day to make sure that we’ve got what we need to be able to regulate that cycle as best we can.
It’s not to say we need to take it, but we need to look at the function and what we can do during the day to support it. Ultimately, melatonin is responsible for circadian rhythm.
Our sleep program helps you make simple and realistic steps to improved sleep, by giving you tools to manage your day-to-day stress.
The role melatonin plays in sleep
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