When you’re a busy Mum, the idea of sleep can be a pretty foreign one. Sleep, what is that, and how do I get as much of it as possible, please? However, contrary to popular opinion, sleep and Motherhood are actually compatible. They may not go totally hand in hand, but there are some things that you can do to get in enough sleep as a busy Mum, and we promise you, those eyebags are going to be gone for good. We’ve noted down some of the best things to do, to get some good shut-eye.
Welcome early nights
OK, so it’s been a long day, and you’ve just got Netflix up on the TV. Oh, what’s that? An eight episode series has just come out? I guess we’ll be watching half of that tonight. However, whilst it’s good to get some chill out time in as a busy Mum, you also need to try and sleep as much as possible, which means that early nights are your best friend. Sure, you don’t have to retire at 8pm, but try your best to get into a routine, so that you can really make the most of your hours of snoozing. And we all know that babies like to wake up at ridiculous times in the morning, so being well-rested when they do is ideal.
Get a good mattress
Sometimes, your sleeping all depends upon how comfortable your bed actually is, and whether it’s easy to fall asleep there. You should be changing your mattress around once every eight years, although it can be difficult to remember when you actually purchased it! Whilst it can seem like a bit of a high expense for families with young children, the truth is that you spend so much of your time there, and it impacts your life so much, that your mattress and pillows should be perfect. Tempur mattresses are great if you want to opt for comfort, as the material used was formulated for the comfort of astronauts during take off. Pretty cool, huh?
Make your bedroom zen
When you have kids, you get used to every room in your house being a little bit more chaotic than you’d like. Whilst this is just part and parcel of having children, you should try to make sure that your bedroom remains as peaceful and chilled out as possible, because it’s where you really need to relax. Coming into the bedroom after a long day and falling over a toy fire truck doesn’t prepare you for the hours of snoozing that you’ve got ahead, so keep it clean, dark (blackout blinds are a good option) and light a candle whilst you’re relaxing and reading a book before bed. (Don’t fall asleep without blowing it out though).
So, if you want to get in enough sleep as a busy Mum, then remember these simple things. From welcoming early nights, to getting a good mattress and making your bedroom zen, there are many ways to embrace sleep with open arms. After all, you work hard, and you deserve it!
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.