How to get a good night sleep; from one mother to another.
Sleep is precious, if there’s one thing parents can agree on it is that. We start motherhood exhausted from weeks of uncomfortable sleep late in pregnancy and the fact we just birthed a human. First thoughts are ooo I need a good night sleep now, unfortunately said little human will have other ideas about that one.
A few months in and you’ll be used to the night feeds, the night changes, the night burping etc and then they will do something crazy – they’ll sleep through the night. By this point your body clock will be ruined but you’ll do you best to adjust to the new routine, just as you do BAM sleep regression. Oh sleep regression you are so real.
Repeat for 3 years and hello.. welcome to my world, they sleep hoorah!
But I can’t.
This is the problem with being an adult and raising three children, my mind never switches off and a good nights sleep have been few and far between recently. Never fear there is a way, I have to be super strict with myself but these are some of the little things I do to ensure I do have a good night sleep, it’s really working for me.
Make a list before bed.
Don’t wait for the morning to make that to do list or it will keep whizzing around in your head all night, write down all the things you know you either didn’t get round to doing that day or you need to do tomorrow. It takes them from your head to paper and you can let go of them until the morning. You’ll feel so much better for it and be able to take on those tasks fully rested and rejuvenated.
Have some wind down time.
Yes, just like they tell you to do with your children. There is real method to the madness; screen time and activities that require lots of brain power are no good before you hit the hay. Slow right down; have a bath, do a face mask, read a book, do some knitting – whatever really relaxes you. By screen time I’m not saying don’t watch a film or tv but staring at your phone or tablet right before bed really wont help you switch off.
Make your bedroom your sanctuary.
My personal favourite one, make your bedroom your happy place. Whether thats with a few new cushions, a lick of paint or even a new mattress make sure its a room you are happy to be in. For me that means no toys, no kids stuff (it’s everywhere else in the house my room is my escape!) I love buying new little bits for my bedroom whether it’s some little fairy lights to go around my bed or it’s a candle it makes be feel so cosy.
Comfort is key.
Let’s face it if you’re not comfortable you wont sleep as well – fact. I am someone who can nod off just about anywhere but I rarely feel good for it unless I have been in my bed with two pillows, a big cosy duvet and the perfect mattress.
Which brings me onto key to my recent sleep success, my new Leesa mattress! Oh the difference a quality mattress can make. The combination of three foam layers ensure a cooler night sleep (night sweats are the worst), pressure relief and the dense core is there to support. YES. I was sceptical, I mean how much difference can a mattress make? The answer is tons I will never look at a sprung mattress again. I love how the Leesa mattress arrived; it was in a teeny box for a minute I thought my order was wrong – how could a mattress possibly fit in there? But it did, it rolls out and then springs up to full size it’s so cool to watch.
My productivity levels are always so much higher after a good nights rest. I spring out of bed rather than reluctantly drag my sorry self out. The kids get a happy mumma and I don’t rely on caffeine to get through the morning – win win.
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Leesa are really big on giving back so for every ten mattresses they sell they donate one to charity. I think it’s amazing to see a company being so thoughtful and looking for new ways to support charitable causes.