HOW MUMS CAN TAKE INSPIRATION FROM A WORLD OF SLEEPERS
Being a mom is one of the hardest jobs in the world. You have to wear many different hats just so you can give the best care for your family – at times even at the cost of your own wellbeing.
Rest is usually one of the first things to be affected. In fact, a report on Bradenton Heraldspecified that a couple of hours sleep are normal for mums especially during the early stages of motherhood. This is actually one of the reasons why many mothers experience post-partum depression, as lack of sleep lowers serotonin levels, which affects mood.
As the child grows, mothers are able to gradually get back to normal sleeping patterns. Nevertheless, there’s also the notion that there’s never enough time in the day to accomplish everything that’s needed to be done so many mums out there still reduce their sleep time in order to be productive, all the while thinking they could simply catch up on their sleep. Psychologist Jodi Mindell stated on Web MD how mums “really underestimate the importance of getting enough sleep.”
In truth, however, this habit goes beyond yourself as it can also impact your family. Seeing as your functionality is impaired when you’re sleep-deprived, you are more prone to mistakes even when undertaking simple house tasks. And imagine if you’re the one who drives your child to school.
To fight off sleep-deprivation, you need to look for other ways to achieve sleep even if a full 8 hours of sleep every day is not always feasible. That said, here are some of the best practices from countries with good sleep quality, which you can apply to your sleeping habits.
Contrary to misconception, napping in public is considered a sign of diligence in countries like Japan and China. An article on Time magazine specified that after a short rest, you can handle multi-tasking more effectively and accomplish things faster.
This is extremely helpful if you’re a working mum or if you travel with your child frequently. It’s one of the reasons why CoziGo was born. We explained in our post ‘Fly Babee Rebrands to Become CoziGo’ how it can help your child sleep soundly during flights or in any other environment, giving you the opportunity to relax and get that much needed rest as often as you can.
SLEEP WITH FRESH AIR AND AVOID GADGETS
In a post by Leesa about World Sleep Day, it was mentioned that sleeping with one window open at night is a common practice in Germany, as fresh air is considered a catalyst for restful sleep.
It's also advised to stay away from gadgets. The blue light emitted by smartphones and tablets has been proven to keep your brain awake which is why Brazilians make it a point to hide away mobile devices and other electronic gadgets away before bedtime. Unsurprisingly, they’ve been reported to have less sleep disorders as opposed to other countries.
All in all, keeping yourself from being sleep-deprived boils down to small adjustments with regards to your sleeping habits. To get more tips and hacks on how to experience stress-free experiences with your kids, check out our other topics in our Blog section.
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