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Sleep Hacks for Tired Mums

You don’t need me to tell you the importance of sleep (or if I do, you can read about it here!), especially when getting a good night’s sleep is completely out of your control.

New babies and sleep deprivation go hand in hand. But after a few months some babies settle into a gentle rhythm. Others do not… For those of you who, like me, find that getting quality sleep is still a struggle with a teething toddler, here are my sleeping hacks for when you are running on near-empty and it’s only 7am.

You can apply these tips whether you are a working mum who leaves home and goes to a job, or a working mum who stays at home caring for your children.

Plan a Gentle Day

Take the time to reassess your to-do list today. What can you remove or post-pone? You will have only a limited amount of energy today, so use it sparingly! Instead spend as much time as you can with your little one or your pet. Slow down and be mindful. Play, and laugh as much as possible. Even if it’s at something completely silly, the act of laughing will boost your immune system and relieve physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.

Control Your Cravings

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Part Three – Emotional Health

I’m really excited to kick off this four-part article series on emotions! During May, I want to share with you my thoughts on emotional health.

Catch up on Part One here – the importance of acknowledging and expressing for emotional healing, and how to express guilt, regret and shame.

Catch up on Part Two here – expressing sadness, anger and frustration.

I would love to hear your feedback so please comment below!


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As I discussed in part one of my emotions series, as humans, we should expect to feel the whole gambit of emotions. Emotions are not good or bad – they just are what they are – a normal part of the human experience!

However, there are a few things that you can do to get yourself off the emotional rollercoaster so that you feel balanced and on an even keel.

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Stress, Sleep and Sex

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One of the most underrated negative effects on health is stress. I recently attend a live event by the lovely Nat Kringoudis which focussed on the impact of stress on our bodies.

Often when we think of stress, we think of deadlines at work, or being late and stuck in traffic. But what about the silent stressors that you have no idea are lurking around, wreaking havoc on your body? I’m talking things like pollution, artificial light emitted from our iphones, and chemical stressors.

For me, sleep is one of the first things to be affected by my stress levels. I just can’t seem to switch my mind off, and I endlessly toss and turn until I finally fall asleep 10 minutes before my alarm is due to go off! Talk about frustrating!

Do you know that over an average lifetime, we will sleep for 229,961 hours!? That is an average for someone who sleeps for 8 hours a night, which is about right. Anything less, and there are some worrying health implications. Some of us might get the recommended 8 hours a night, but what about the quality of that sleep? Some spend the first few hours trying to fall asleep, with no luck. If this is you, read on my friend!

Today, I want to share with you my night time routine, and some tips for getting a good night’s rest. I found this stuff particularly crucial when healing from the likes of adrenal fatigue, where sleep and recovery is just sooo important.

photo 11. Mood lighting

After dinner, try turning off all the main lights. Perhaps even light a few candles! “Back in the day”, once the sun had set, the only light we had access to was fire.

Artificial light (in particular, the blue light emitted from your iphone, ipad, computers and tv) in the wrong setting can have a negative effect your sleep quality,  specifically through disruptions to melatonin production and circadian rhythm.

I turn on my Himalayan Salt Lamps for mood lighting and wear my blue blockers when watching TV or reading my ipad!

To find out more about how artificial light is impacting your melatonin levels, Dr Chris Kresser has written this excellent article.

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