Oh yeah. We all know that feeling when you would sell your soul for them to go back to sleep.
The feeling of moving through your day under water.
After I had bub #1 I remember heading to Kmart and filling a cart with shopping and trying to pay with the big W gift voucher I had been given. The look the checkout chick gave me was priceless. Especially when I put the card back in my wallet and immediately presented it to her again.
Sleepless nights don’t last forever, but when you are in the thick of it, it will feel like that!
Thought I’d share 5 tips I share with my clients but couldn’t resist…here are 7!
#1: SLEEP WHEN THEY DO…
- Genius right? No. I know you have heard it before, but seriously, the dishes can wait. Find it hard to sleep during the day? Just lie on your bed and rest.
Your baby may only sleep for 20 mins….with a book, magazine or your favourite meditation app on your phone, it doesn’t matter if its 15 minutes or 1 hour. Please don’t let the short sleep cycle stop you. That’s 20 mins rest for you to recharge the batteries to get through the rest of the day.
#2: GET OUTSIDE…
- Vitamin D is metabolised in the skin via sunshine (I won’t strain your tired brain right now with the details), but know this – vitamin D has been shown to improve mood (bye bye baby blues), immune function and assist with getting calcium into your bones (massive issue for those breastfeeding mummas).
- Here’s the biggie – sunlight is essential for assisting with the production of melatonin in our bodies – this is the hormones that signals it sleep time at night.
i.e. for you and bub, good melatonin levels at night will improve sleep for both of you.
#3: HEALTHY SNACKS…
- This needs its own blog really, but providing yourself healthy snack and meals will give you the nutrients that you are chewing through (pun completely intended) in your sleep deprived state, regulate blood sugar levels (improving mood and energy levels) and improve the quality of breast milk (if you are breast feeding).
#4: QUALITY SUPPLEMENTS…
- It’s pretty hard to get everything we need from food these days, even with a perfect* diet, it’s tricky to due to soil depletion.
- A fantastic quality, practitioner only supplement can make a massive change in how you feel. Please get in touch with Katie if you would like to put together a safe, effective supplementation plan.
#5: GIVE YOUR BABY THE RIGHT TOOLS TO SELF SOOTHING…
- Teaching your baby to self sooth by giving creating sleep inducing habit forming rituals and having items which they link with sleep which can include comforters and taggies. Cheeky Chompers Comfortchew is my pick!
Snuggle: super-soft jersey cotton on one side and luxurious cuddle fleece on the other, it’s super snuggly, highly absorbent and feels like your favourite teddy.
Taggies: Silky ribbon and ribbed tactile tags can be twiddled with as your little on nods off to sleep.
- A woman is not an island. Get out there and make sure that you are doing a couple of things per week. This might be a playgroup, or simply a walk to the park where there will be other mums in the same boat. A smile can go a long way to an interaction that can change an entire day. Which leads me onto the next point…
#7: BE HONEST…
- I will never forget the moment in a mothers group, where I thought everyone else ‘had it all together’, I half wailed ‘I have no idea what I’m doing! She won’t sleep! I need sleep! I am scared I’m never going to sleep again!”.
This opened the door to a few other mums opening up about the same thing. No one has it all together. We all have our strengths and weaknesses and by being honest we can have conversations and interactions that can be so supportive to all.
Now for the cliché stuff – take it one day at a time and don’t forget to ask yourself ‘what do I need today?’ especially when you are constantly asking yourself what your little one needs.
Remember that you need to fill your own cup before you can fill others.
Wishing your lots of blissful sleep!
This blog was written by Katie Barron from Your Naturopath for Cheekychompers.com.au
Katie is a perfectly imperfect, degree qualified naturopath, that specializes in women’s health and wellbeing, with a particular knack for stressed and burnt out mummas.
Katie incorporates herbal medicine, nutrition, dietary planning and self-care lifestyle practices into her treatment plans to get you feeling well, so you can show up to others in your life.