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Can’t sleep? Maybe you’re overtired

In Features, Mind Health, Stories by Nicole Fuge

When it comes to sleep, it is quality over quantity. So if you [like us] are walking around like an overtired zombie, try these sleep tips.

By Charlotte Cruz

Oh, the joys of motherhood! Sleepless nights, feedings, diaper changes, and those adorable baby snuggles.

But let’s be honest, sleep can seem like a far-off dream when you’re juggling it all.

Getting enough sleep is crucial for both you and your little one, so let’s chat about how to improve your sleep quality when you’re feeling overtired.

“When you’re overtired, your body pumps out stress hormones like cortisol, making it tough to relax and catch some Z’s.”

The Overtired Paradox

You know that feeling when you’re so tired, you can’t fall asleep? It’s called “overtiredness.” Crazy, right? When you’re overtired, your body pumps out stress hormones like cortisol, making it tough to relax and catch some Z’s.

This can be especially tricky for new mums who are already juggling the demands of raising a baby.

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Sleep Deprivation and Motherhood

Losing sleep is pretty much a given for new mums. The endless tasks that come with taking care of a newborn can lead to chronic sleep deprivation, affecting your mood, memory, and overall wellbeing.

Plus, being sleep deprived can make it harder to care for your baby, impacting decision-making and causing irritability and exhaustion.

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Why Sleep Matters

Sleep is super important for both your body and mind, especially for new mums. Getting enough sleep helps restore energy, lift your mood, and keep your brain sharp.

Plus, a well rested mama is better equipped to tackle the challenges of raising a baby and providing the love and care they need.

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Tips for Better Sleep

Struggling with overtiredness? Here are some mum-approved tips to help you catch more Z’s:

  1. Create a sleep routine: Set up a cozy bedtime routine to let your body know it’s time to wind down. Try reading, taking a warm bath, or practicing relaxation techniques.
  2. Prioritise sleep: Make sleep a priority by sneaking in naps when your baby is snoozing or asking your partner, family, or friends to help out while you catch some rest.
  3. Optimise your sleep environment: Make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary with a cool temperature, minimal noise and light, and comfy bedding.
  4. Limit caffeine and alcohol: Cut back on that extra cup of coffee and skip the wine, as they can mess with your sleep patterns.
  5. Practice relaxation techniques: Try deep breathing exercises, meditation, or progressive muscle relaxation to calm your mind and prep for sleep.
  6. Get moving: Exercise regularly to help promote better sleep, but avoid intense workouts too close to bedtime.
  7. Seek professional help: If your sleep troubles just won’t go away or get worse, don’t hesitate to chat with a healthcare professional.

Being overtired may be a common issue for new mums, but it doesn’t have to be your new normal. By trying some of these strategies, you can improve your sleep quality and better handle the ups and downs of raising a baby or young child.

Remember, taking care of yourself is essential for both your and your little one’s health and happiness.