The job of being a mum is never easy. In between being a personal nurse, counsellor, cook, cleaner and taxi driver, it can be difficult for busy mums to take some much-needed time for themselves. The juggling act that often comes with being a mum can lead to a whole host of problems that keeps us mums from sleeping well. Top problem usually being the children!
The good news is that we’ve got a list of great tips to help you sleep better.
Invest in a high quality mattress
The last thing that you need after a long day is to fall into bed on a mattress that doesn’t support you well or is just not that comfortable anymore. If you’ve had your mattress for a number of years, it’s probably time to think about investing in a new one. After all, it’s one of the most important and most used pieces of furniture in your home. A new mattress will do wonders for your sleep and helps ensure that you wake up feeling refreshed and pain-free – read this article for more information on choosing the best mattress for you.
Wind down early
For mums with young children, chances are that at least one of them is going to get you up in the middle of the night. And if they don’t, I don’t want to hear about your tales of long and glorious nights sleep. So, winding down early is your best bet at making sure that you’ve had enough sleep before this happens. I try to go to bed earlier than I did before the kids came along – given the frequent interruptions of sleep that tend to be commonplace, it’s best to go to bed around nine hours before you need to wake up to make up for them. I fell fail to staying up really late just to have ‘time to myself’ seeing as the kids had zapped all of my time during the day, but I just found myself getting so exhausted and a bit burnt out.
Sleep in a dark room
Given that many of us have a unique schedule that often means going to bed earlier than usual, it can be difficult to wind down if it’s still light outside or outdoor noises are keeping you awake. Room darkening shades and black-out curtains are a great way to help you go to sleep earlier, or you could try wearing a silk mask to block out the light and protect your skin at the same time. White noise or wearing ear-plugs to bed can also help you block out unwanted sounds.
Prepare for tomorrow
Making sure that you’re ready and prepared for the next day can help you relax as there’s less to stress about during bedtime. Spending time getting the kids’ clothes and everything else ready for school the next day, preparing your own outfit for work in the evening and making packed lunches before you go to bed gives you less to worry about as it’s already done. This is one that I have just started at the turn of this year and I am already finding in just a week that I’m a lot more organised and less stressed!
If you found these tips helpful, we’d love to hear from you. Do you have any tips on getting a good nights sleep?