Today is World Sleep day – a day created to celebrate sleep and provide a call to action on related issues, such as how a lack of sleep can affect our ability to function on a day to day basis.
There are many people who suffer from sleep disorders such as sleep apnoea and insomnia and research shows that these sufferers are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, anxiety, diabetes and other chronic illnesses.
When you become a parent, regardless of your normal sleep patterns and struggles, sleep becomes a challenge for the whole family. We as parents tend to focus so much on our kids and their well-being, that we don’t worry enough about our own….
Always Remember, Happy Mom = Happy Baby. So get some sleep!
Why is sleep so important?
When we sleep our energy is preserved, all activities in the body slows down and replenishes itself. As a Mom, you are always on the go, both mentally and physically – so your body needs to recharge.
Lack of sleep also increases your appetite and sensitivity to food, which naturally leads to unhealthy food choices, and this makes us less motivated to get our backsides in the Gym!
If you are anything like me, you would take a long time to fall asleep. Even on days that you are completely exhausted, your mind is just so over active and can’t get your body to relax. I find that this is usually linked to a number of things and I’ve tried a few techniques to help me get as much shut eye as possible!
Hopefully, you will find these tips useful to prevent you from tossing and turning, even though your body is screaming to snooze!
- A regular bedtime and waking time does wonders …
- For me, the most natural form of a sleeping tablet is a good book. I love the feeling of my eyes wanting to close, yet I NEED to finish just one more page.
- Too much alcohol near bedtime can be detrimental to your quality of sleep, in fact -it may feel as if you haven’t slept for days
- Daytime naps are a no-no if you want to fall asleep quickly (unless you have a newborn of course)
- Make your bedroom and linen inviting for sleep – clean and comfortable linen just sets the tone for good rest.
- No caffeine (this includes coffee, tea, fizzy cooldrinks and chocolate) at least 6 hours before your bedtime!
- Avoid heavy meals, spicy or sugary foods just before bedtime.
- Exercise helps with good quality sleep, but not right before bedtime as your body needs time to wind down.
- Block-out curtains can do wonders to sleep later, on those early summer mornings.
- Reserve your bedroom for sleep – no TV on at night and no kids jumping on your bed!