10 Ways to Feel Better When You’re a Sleep Deprived Mom

October 19, 2018 boymama2015 5 min read No Comments

10 Ways to Feel Better When You’re a Sleep Deprived Mom

October 19, 2018 Laura 5 min read No Comments

Hey mama.

If I were to ask you, what is the number one thing that you miss pre-child, what would it be?

I can guarantee that half of my moms out there would tell me the number one thing they desperately miss is sleep.

Right, right?!

Are you shaking your head right now? Can you totally relate? I’m not surprised!

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My boys are 3 and 18 months and I’m still exhausted so I get you, mama.

Seriously, the sleep deprivation doesn’t go away once your babies turn into toddlers. Sorry!

But I remember…..

How hard it is in the beginning of motherhood– you’re experiencing so many new changes with your body and your new baby; you’re juggling this new normal… all while battling barely any sleep.

Or maybe….

your baby is going through a sleep regression (oh how hard those are!!) and you are at your wit’s end about it.

We have all been there.

I’ve always heard people say that moms need to rest when they can, but in reality, that is just not happening….even when we know how crucial sleep is for our overall health.

Getting enough sleep isn’t just crucial but it turns out, when we are sleep deprived, it can drastically affect postpartum issues such as postpartum depression and anxiety and intensify the symptoms.

Sleep deprivation also leads to these other health issues:

  • high blood pressure
  • heart disease
  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • affects mood
  • problems with relationships

How to Feel Better When You're a Sleep-Deprived Mom

 

 

 

 

 

Today I am going to tell you 10 ways to feel better when you’re a sleep deprived mom.

Pin this for later~ you never know when you may need to refer back to this post.

 

 

1. Sign up for a sleep program

Do you need help with getting your baby on a good sleep schedule?

Is your 6 month-old still waking up several times during the night?

Is your toddler waking up or taking short naps?

Are you just about at your wit’s end because of exhaustion?

I may be able to help with that!

Now, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you feel drained, overly emotional & irritable on a daily basis?
  • Are you anxious at bedtime, worrying about how much you’ll be up at night?
  • Is your marriage strained, because you have no energy for each other?
  • Do you get frustrated or impatient with your baby because you feel like you never get a break?

Signing up for a sleep program for your baby may be your answer to getting more Zzz’s at night-time. I have teamed up with Jilly Blackenship from Baby Sleep Made Simple— a Mom as well as a Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Registered Nurse to give tired mamas everywhere a chance to get a better night’s rest.

21 Days to Peace & Quiet may be for you!
for more information:

How to Feel Better When You're a Sleep-Deprived Mom

 

 

2. Take an epsom salt bath

A simple self-care can do wonders when you feel down and out!

My favorite go-to is to soak in a nice epsom salt bath.

I looooove Dr Teal’s epsom salt soaks, like these ones from Amazon.

These are my favorite epsom salts because essential oils {like lavender and eucalyptus} are already mixed in for an extra soothing experience.

 

How to Feel Better When You're a Sleep-Deprived Mom

 

 

 

3. Call a friend

It’s crucial to have a mom tribe– we all need a helping hand now and then– to call upon a trusted girlfriend and just say hey, I’m exhausted, Timmy has been running me ragged… send help {and wine!}

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It’s the best when you can just unload on someone to help you out in times of need.

4. Eliminate the toxins from your life

When your already exhausted, even the littlest things can set you off.

Eliminate the toxins from your life so you can focus on yourself and your family.

Some small ways to eliminate toxins from your life are:

  • limiting social media
  • improving diet
  • cutting ties with non-supportive people
  • limiting alcohol/drugs/etc.

 

5. Eat a well-balanced diet

Eating a well-balanced diet can drastically improve the way you feel. This means…

  • cut out sugars/processed foods
  • cut out soda/sugary drinks
  • cut down on coffee/other caffeinated beverages
  • eating more veggies
  • getting enough protein and good fats
  • drinking at least 8 oz. of water a day

Not only will you begin to feel better, but you will gain more energy to keep up with your tiny human(s)!

 

6. Exercise

It may sound a little counterproductive, but fitting in at least thirty minutes of exercise per day can have you feeling energetic and just plain great.

I realize how hard it can be to fit in a daily workout, but it is totally possible.

 

7. Meditate

Get out of your head for a little bit and meditate to feel better.

In case you are totally new to meditation, Headspace is a cool app that offers guided meditation and psst, I heard meditation helps with insomnia.

 

8. Know your limits

Forget about all of those dirty dishes waiting in the sink or the mountain of laundry scattered on your sofa. It’s okay to not get it all done right now and it’s important to know your limits and rest.

 

9. Nap when they do

Right around the time when my oldest would fight me on taking naps is when I gave in and started to lay down with him.

He needed the rest, but so did I.

I definitely put my tasks on hold and just relaxed with him. And boy, did I feel soo much better.

 

10. Lean on your parnter

Now is the time to lean on your partner for help with your child… remember~ you can’t do this alone needing the extra support right now is not a bad thing.

Ask for help and you shall receive it.

Lean on your partner and let them know you need a nap, a self-care day, or just a Sunday morning to sleep-in.

 

Mama, I hope my 10 ways to feel better when you’re a sleep deprived mom helped you.

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Remember…

your house will never be spotless again and that’s okay. Take care of your baby and yourself. Rest when you can and know that you are doing an awesome job!

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