So we’re already half way through what tends to be known as the longest month of the year. If, however, you have just become a new mummy, the days and long sleep deprived nights are probably taking their toll, in which case you probably don’t know what time of day it is let alone date!
Nearly forty four days’ worth of sleep is lost in a mother’s first year of having a new born baby. So we can appreciate how difficult it can be trying to adjust to this little person’s needs and body clock, whether it’s your first, second or third time round! There are ways to increase the amount of rest you get and become a smart and savvy sleeper!
So your baby has finally gone off to sleep but more annoyingly and the chances are, you can’t. If you are trying to rest, focus on your breathing; gently close your eyes and draw attention to your breath. The sensation the air makes as it flows through your mouth or nose, down your throat and into your lungs. Concentrate on each in breath and out breath. Observe this without trying to change how you breathe, just let it come naturally.
Your mind may wonder onto other things, which is only natural. Gently direct your mind back to your breathing, at least this way you have distinguished that your mind has drifted elsewhere and you are able to encourage and focus back to your breathing. This is a way of calming yourself, with the added bonus that you may even fall asleep! This can be used or practiced as a ‘mindfulness’ technique.If you find yourself having to get up every two hours through the night for feeds, it can be difficult trying to get yourself back to sleep again. Avoid looking at the time as this will only make you restless and anxious, knowing that you’ll be up again in a couple of hours.
Early morning light creeping through your window can also wake you so invest in an eye mask or black out blinds; the darkness can make such a difference on your few extra precious hours of sleep!
When your baby sleeps through the day try and take a nap too, even if you are unable to sleep, just resting is important to slowly recharge your batteries.
Sleep deprivation is awful and can cause you to feel tearful and feeling as though your mental wellbeing is tested! So it is important to rest and relax when you can. Having a soak in the tub, reading a magazine or if you have the energy going for a walk which will boost your endorphin levels.
The first few months are always difficult but it will pass and you will soon have your own method of how to work around your little bambino’s sleeping habits.
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During this crucial time it is more important than ever to eat a balanced diet, in order for you to stay healthy and to provide the essential nutrients that your growing baby needs to develop. Some vitamins and minerals are required in larger quantities than usual, so it is often a good idea to take certain supplements to ensure that these daily requirements are met.*
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