Being a new mother is tough! Late night feedings and early morning crying spells are enough to drive anyone crazy! So what can you do to combat this sleep deprivation? Here are a couple of tips to try and get you rested and ready for the day ahead:
- Lie Down: Lying down and closing your eyes, even if you don’t fall asleep, can be exceptionally restful and restorative. Getting off your feet and relaxing for a few minutes gives your body a moment to recharge.
- Get help: You don’t have to be the only person responsible for feeding the little one. Enlisting the help of your partner in doing the late-night feedings will allow you more time to sleep and reduce sleep deprivation. This is easy to do if you are bottle feeding. If you are breast feeding, it may be worth considering using a breast pump so that you are not responsible for every feed.
- Keep the Baby Close: Often waking up and going to the nursey for a night time feed can be disruptive and leave you lying awake in bed for the next few hours. Instead, use a bedside cot! By doing this, you’ll be able to feed the baby once they stir and go back to sleep without even leaving your bed!Many mothers have reported this to be an effective method in improving your sleeping patterns.
- Choose Your Sleep Activities Carefully: A lot of new mothers try lying in front of the TV or laptop as a way of winding down after a long day. This, however, is counterproductive. Studies have shown that the flashing screens are more likely to keep you awake and prevent you from having a healthy sleeping pattern. Rather use devices like the radio, reading a book or listening to podcasts to wind down before going to bed. When your baby wakes at night, feed or settle them in a quiet, dimly lit environment, to keep them in a drowsy state and allow them to get back to sleep more easily.
- No to Caffeine: Relying on caffeine as a means of keeping you awake is a serious no!Whilst caffeine can often give you that boost you need early in the morning, caffeine can also mask the need for sleep and subsequently prevent you from falling asleep. It is recommended that you have no more than 1 cup of coffee a day. Substituting coffee for Rooibos tea is another option, as Rooibos is naturally caffeine-free.
No one said that being a new parent would be easy,but hopefully with these tips in mind, you will finally be able to get some rest!