Ways for mums to get more sleep

Sleep Easy: Ways for Mums to get more Sleep

Posted in Healthy Mum, Mum and Baby

The month of July is hosting sleep awareness week (July 4-10) so what better time to look at one of the most important issues facing Australian mums today; not enough sleep. Read our tips on how to get more and better quality sleep.

 

It’s a big deal

Lack of sleep is easily dismissed as part of being a new mum. The reality is sleep deprivation is a big deal for many. A Galaxy survey of 1000 new mums earlier this year revealed lack of sleep was a bigger problem for them than social or financial stress. Plus, the Sleep Health Foundation attributes 25 000 serious road crash injuries each year to the effects of poor sleep on alertness.

 

Cat-napping

One option to catching up on your sleep debt is to nap during the day while baby sleeps. And while it’s a great idea, the reality is often somewhat different, especially if you simply can’t sleep during the day. There is merit however to taking this time to rest, don’t underestimate the benefits of simply lying down and closing your eyes for 45 minutes.

 

Ditch the caffeine

That morning coffee may help you tackle the day ahead but don’t be tempted to use caffeine to get you through the whole day. Too much caffeine can interfere with your sleep patterns and if you’re breastfeeding you may end up with an irritable baby which will lead to even more sleep loss.

 

Sleep habit

Good habits around bed time are just as important for you as they are for your baby. Unfortunately, being sleep deprived doesn’t always mean you’re asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow. Avoid the TV, computer, smart phone or ipad in the hour before bed. We now know blue light from electronic screens suppresses sleep promoting hormones and can make it harder for you to fall asleep.

 

Block it out

If you’re a naturally light sleeper and find it’s not just your baby that wakes you, invest in a set of ear plugs. They won’t stop you from hearing baby cry, but they will dull many of the other noises that might interrupt precious sleep.

 

Delegate the night shift

Whether you breast or bottle feed it’s usually possible to delegate a night or early morning feed. A bottle of expressed breast milk can be pure gold for breast feeding mums when it comes to getting an extra few hours’ sleep.

 

Don’t despair

While it may seem your baby will never sleep through, know that night time sleep patterns improve from around 6 months. And if you’re struggling with sleeping and settling for your little one, seek help, call the Tresillian advice line on 1300 272 736 (7am-11pm Monday-Sunday) or try their online support (5pm -11pm Monday-Friday)

 

Want more tips on how Mums can look after themselves, try Good Mood Food for New Mums.

 

Try our Mum and Baby section, dedicated to advice on keeping healthy as a mum, teaching baby food safety and our top parenting know-how hacks.

About the Author

About the Author: Rafferty’s Garden is a brand brought to life by our love of good food and by our belief in ensuring Australian babies get an amazing start to their food journey. .

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