There is literally no mom struggle like not getting enough sleep. My first baby didn’t sleep through the night until well after a year old. It was literally a nightmare.
If you are a new or vetran mama and not getting enough sleep, I feel you, sister! You are not alone and there is hope.
I’d love to say that after this post you’d be sleeping through the night like a breeze, but in reality that probabaly won’t be the case.
I look at it like this…..
Well Rested = Being able to function normally as a human being and cope with the stresses of life.
Sleep Deprivation = Ursala the Mama Bear. Enough said.
Here are a few tips that dramatically increased the amount of sleep I was getting and honestly improved my life overall. Not getting enough sleep is detrimental to your health and well being.
Not to mention makes it REALLY hard to be patient with your little people.
Establish a consistent bedtime routine
Let me start out by saying that having a killer bedtime routine does not mean that your kids will always sleep through the night. My kids still get up occasionally but that’s a story for another day.
BUT having a consistent bedtime routine will help your kids get to bed sooner which means you can go to bed sooner.
It doesn’t matter how many songs you sing, books you read or prayers you pray. Just pick something that works for you and be consistent. Read Bedtime Routine Ideas For Toddlers That Won’t Take Hours.
Go to bed when you put the kids to bed
I realize this is the most unfun, uncool idea of all time. But If you actually implement it you will feel so much better and actually look forward to it. It also makes it much easier to get up before the kids, have a cup of coffee, and make a life game plan before they wake up.
Take a nap
HealthDay suggests that naps are extremely beneficial for those suffering from sleep deprivation and can be very helpful in getting more rest. Even if you’re not a nap person, give it a try. It will help get you through until you can sleep through the night again.
Ask for Help
Being a mom doesn’t mean going it alone. It is so easy to get sucked in to playing the martyr and feeling like you’re alone. Trust me, I still have times when I do it. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Ask your husband to take the kids for a while so you can get some rest, or even have a family or friend come once a week. At this point in my life, I would honestly trade a trip to target for a good nap. I never thought I would say that, but I truly am a better person when I’m rested.
So if you, like me, are suffering from sleep deprivation like a very wide majority of mamas out there, I challenge you to give these tips a try for one week and see how big of an impact it makes in your daily life.
Trust me sweet friend, you are worth it.
May your coffee be stronger than your coffee <3