Part 1: The blog that started it all….
I’m going to cut to the chase here. You need a better night’s sleep. It’s almost statistically inevitable because sleep quality in our society is getting worse and worse as the minutes tick by.
If you are a mom, you know the value of a good night’s sleep for (possibly) a couple of reasons.
First, as a new mom, you didn’t get much and now value it, wish you had it, crave it, or have done anything possible to get more to make up for those months or years of sleep loss. Secondly, you prioritize sleep for your kiddos and babies. I know you know it’s important. Let’s turn these strategies on you. Your family will benefit in more ways than just a brighter-eyed mommy.
My tips on getting a better night’s sleep are a commitment you’ll make that will impact an entire 24 hours and beyond.
You may already do some of these and yet still struggle. I also don’t want you to read this list and get overwhelmed with all the things you think you need to change. In previous blogs I’ve discussed how starting small with one thing can create huge shifts over time. No different here.
Start with something that is easiest for YOU. Keep at it and establish it as a routine. Then maybe add another layer. A few of these are one-off changes you can make and I encourage them if they are within your means. These can apply to you or for your kids.
First I want to hammer home some important reasons for getting more and better sleep and how to know if you fall into the category of “sleep deprived” or chronically sleep deprived.
We become clinically sleep deprived when we get two hours less than the recommended minimum of 7 hours of sleep per night. Chronic sleep deprivation occurs when we regularly get five hours or fewer repeatedly. Sleep quality also plays a role because the more interruptions we have the less REM sleep is experienced.
What happens when we fall into these categories? My list keeps growing the more research I do. Here is a list of conditions and effects lack of sleep has on our bodies:
- Weight gain
- adrenal fatigue
- poor digestion
- decreased focus & concentration
- memory problems
- irritability & mood swings
- heart disease
- immune system issues
- autoimmune conditions
- chronic inflammation
- dysregulated blood sugar
- increase impulsive behaviors
- overeating due to dysregulation of leptin & ghrelin
In part 2, we’ll talk about some lifestyle changes you can begin to make to help you sleep better. I’d love for you to join me over in my Facebook group Sleep Better Mentor: Natural Sleep Solutions. If you need help now, I’d love to set up a quick conversation to look at what you are dealing with and come up with some ideas for you. Click here to schedule a free convo. Read Part 2 here.