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A survey found that the majority of new parents are getting between 5 and 6 hours of sleep each night. Sadly, no surprises there.
Sleep is vital for your emotional wellbeing in other ways, too. Stressed parents will transfer the stress to their children and babies will react to this stress by exhibiting physiological changes. Lastly, you are more likely to compromise your child’s safety when you are sleep deprived.
Tips to get more Sleep:
Create a Routine:
Per the Sleep Foundation, taking control of your daily sleep schedule is a powerful step toward getting better sleep. To start harnessing your schedule for your benefit, try implementing these strategies:
- Set a Fixed Wake-Up Time
- Budget Time for Sleep
- Be Careful With Naps
- Wind Down For At Least 30 Minutes.
- Lower the Lights
- Disconnect From Devices
Choose a Comfortable Environment:
Per Dr. Eveloff the ideal sleep environment is cool, quiet, and dark. Even shift workers can maintain such an environment with enough effort. Avoid light from computers or televisions close to bedtime. A 30- to 60-minute “wind-down” period may also enhance sleep.
Choose the Proper Pillow:
The proper pillow can do wonder’s to your sleep including getting you into a deep sleep and waking up refreshed. However, over the year’s I have used so many and absolutely love Sutera Sleep Pillow. I am a side and stomach sleeper and this pillow is absolutely epic!
The Sutera Sleep Pillow provides:
- Excellent support for side and stomach sleeps
- Removable washable cover
- Temperature regulated memory foam
- Provides your spine with the proper support to avoid aches and pains
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And one more tip I’d like to add has something to do with mind over matter. The more energy you spend thinking about how little sleep you got, the worse it is. Take a deep breath, drink some water (and coffee), and power through your day. Fresh air can also do wonders for sleepless nights.
If that sounds impossible, which for some it is, do your best to get support where you can, when you can. Again, this is just a phase, and it too shall pass.