Are you a new mom? If so, you know that there are many things that can get in the way of getting a good night’s sleep. With midnight feedings and not having the little ones sleep through the night, getting a good night’s sleep can be a challenge. But have you considered any other potential underlying factors? Here are just a few things that you’ll want to consider if you wake up and you feel like you haven’t slept a wink.
Inspect Your Mattress
One of the biggest questions you need to be asking yourself is whether your current mattress is helping or hurting your quality of sleep. Do you have a new mattress? Or is your mattress several years old? There are several factors that go into deciding if your mattress is in good condition or not.
Technically you could have a mattress that is 10 years old and it’s in better shape than the one you bought 12 months ago. It depends on how much support it still has, if it is lumpy, and if there are any flaws in it.
Tossing and turning all night can make it impossible to feel rested by morning. Waking up to a sore back, shoulders or stiff legs can make getting through the day difficult no matter what your workday entails. If your mattress is not satisfactory to your back and you’re not relaxed, the experts at Bedding Mart recommend that you start shopping for a new one. Choose a Tempurpedic model or memory foam mattress that adjusts to your specific body type and sleeping style. Avoid mattresses with springs or that lack the support you desire.
Address Your Nutrition
Believe it or not, what you eat can affect how you sleep and how restful your night’s sleep is.
Eating foods that are high in fat can make it hard to digest at night, leading to digestion issues and an upset stomach.
Spicy meals like pizza or tacos can also disrupt your digestive system and trigger bouts of heartburn, nausea, and diarrhea. This can affect falling asleep and make you too uncomfortable to get a good night’s sleep.
Are you consuming any type of chocolate before bed? Chocolate contains caffeine. Some types of chocolate have the caffeine equivalent of a cup of java. Limit your chocolate and sugar intake before bed and see if that helps you get a calmer night’s sleep.
Drinking a lot of water can prevent dehydration and help promote breastfeeding and a healthy diet, but it can also cause you to urinate more frequently in the middle of the night. Consuming a lot of fluids after 6PM can trigger your bladder to empty just after you fall asleep or in the middle of the night.
Drown out Noises and Interruptions
Does the neighbor’s dog bark every night at 11 before the owner lets him out? Does this wake up you or the kids? Interruptions can really disrupt your sleep patterns and can wreak havoc on your energy levels throughout the daytime hours. Try to find ways to block noises and interruptions like barking dogs.
Getting used to white noise like the noise emitted by a fan or by music playing lightly in the background can help you and your kids sleep better through the night. Room darkening blinds and curtains are also additional things that can help promote a good night’s sleep and keep lights from interfering with getting some solid shut-eye.
Are you too warm or too cool? If so, it could be triggering you to toss and turn throughout the night. A home with a programmable thermostat or a smart hub can help regulate temperatures in each room of the house. If the kids like it warm, adjust their rooms accordingly. If you get too hot, try blocking off your vent, adding a fan or programming your smart hub to keep your room cooler than the rest of the house.
Being a new mom is one of life’s greatest gifts. Get through the day to day and nightly struggles by getting a full night sleep. You and your kids will be happier for it.