Tonight, we'd like to bring you the top five tips for gaining some restful and restorative sleep. We hope you find this helpful!
1. Write a list of daily accomplishments, and be specific!
Do your best to write down at least 3 accomplishments of the day, focusing on what an amazing feat it was to accomplish anything while having another human being solely reliant on you for 24 hours a day. Give yourself credit where credit is due!
For example: I read my baby’s cues correctly most of the time and was able to feed and nurture them. I accomplished self-care and took a shower/bath. I combed my hair and put on ‘day clothes.’
2. Check unrealistic expectations
Do you expect to accomplish the same amount of items on your to-do list as you were able to pre-baby? Check your expectations. Right now, your expectations are to be present for baby, because boy do we all know that the ‘baby to-do list’ is longer than any to-do list we have ever written in our lives!
Allow yourself to have nothing on your to-do list but baby care, self-care, and bonding with your baby for the next two months.
3. If you have been tossing and turning for 10-15 minutes, get out of bed.
Get out of bed for an additional 15-30 minutes before trying again. We want to move your body away from being conditioned that as soon as your head hits the pillow, your mind starts racing.
What should you do for those 15-30 minutes? Focus on tasks that will calm your mind. Read a book, do some of baby’s laundry, fill in one page of the baby book. Avoid TV, Social Media, or screen time.
4. Write down the positive intentions you have for the next morning.
For example: I intend to spend 2 minutes mindfully rocking my baby to my favorite soothing song.
I will set the intention of going outside, focus on the colors, smells, and sights. I will imagine what this may be like for my baby.
5. Establish a new post-baby bed time routine.
Add a bedtime snack to your routine. Drink some warm milk (the tryptophan in milk may increase serotonin) or have a small bran muffin (for that nice post-carb slump).
Take a hot bubble bath or shower with shower scents.
Keep the routine the same every night, with as much care and tenderness as you would give your baby.