Only a mom who has just had a baby will know the meaning (and value) of a good night’s sleep - because she can’t have it herself. Well, at least she thought so, until we figured out a way to help her get 8 good hours of sleep at night.
With all the running around you have to do for your child - taking care of them, feeding them, putting them to bed and a hundred other things I’ve left out - you’re left exhausted at the end of the day. And all this is apart from the things you have to do for yourself! In order for you to repeat the cycle every day, you need that rest at the end of the day.
If you are a sleep lover like I am (honestly, I even count the number of hours of sleep I get if I sleep at this exact moment!), you’ll know exactly how hard we try when we try to fit our schedule so that we are left with at least 8 hours of sleep every day. But that rarely ever happens. Imagine if you’re working and have also recently just become a mother - you’d know how much more difficult it is to get enough sleep. It just seems impossible!
You might be able to sneak in a few hours of sleep here and there, and might even get intermittent sleep at night, but if you establish a neat night-time routine for yourself, you might be able to hit the jackpot in terms of sleep! A routine helps you establish a schedule for yourself, and it’s been proven many times already that having a bedtime routine both for yourself and your baby is highly beneficial and forms a long-term habit rather than a short lived one.
I’ve already stressed enough about getting a good night’s sleep in. Here’s a sneak peek into how you can create a night-time sleep routine for yourself, which could very well be what you’re looking for. Of course, you can pick and choose among these and follow ones which you want to, but these routines come highly recommended from several moms:
1. Scented Candles
If you’re the kind of woman who loves scented candles, then light one after dinner and play some soft music while you’re finishing up the last bit of your work. It has been known to have a calming, relaxing effect.
2. Spend That Energy
If you’ve had a relaxing day, and you feel a surge of energy at the end of the day, then you can do any activity that could use some of that energy - play music and dance along to it, or look up some cool down exercises that’ll help you expend some of that energy.
Having a glass of warm water or lemon tea just before you go to bed is knows to help you wake up feeling fresh and wide awake. You’ll sleep sound and wake up not feeling drowsy at all. As an advantage, the water might also help you in your morning washroom routine. ;)
4. Skincare Routine?
A night-time skincare routine like the one described here might suit your taste - you can follow this to get great, glowing skin and it’ll also give you something to do while you finish your emails and other last minute work.
5. Oil Massage
An oil massage might go a long way in relaxing those tired muscles. Using essential oils will wipe that slate clean and bring some much-needed calm in your sleep. Used in small quantities, essential oils seep into your skin and soothe your nerves.
These are steps that are only suggestive - you can formulate your own routine and include activities which keep you sane at night and ensure that you get a great, stress-free sleep every night.