Sleep Tips for Tired Moms
April 21, 2023 · 8 min read
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For the super moms who are super tired, here are our expert sleep tips for tired moms! Mothers, from pregnancy to menopause, all struggle with sleep at some point in their motherhood journey. Between taking care of the kids, taking care of the house, and taking care of work, moms often put their own needs on the back burner — and sleep is typically the first thing to be sacrificed.
Here’s the hard truth that many moms overlook: if you don’t sleep, you can’t function, and if you can’t function, daily life will become incredibly difficult. The mattress experts at Texas Mattress Makers often express how vital a good night’s sleep is to our overall health and well-being, and we believe it is the key to helping moms feel more energized and ready to conquer anything that comes their way!
This Mother’s Day, forget about flowers and breakfast in bed (although those gestures are really sweet too), we’re giving all of the tired moms the gift of good sleep tips.
Prioritize Your Sleep for Your Health
Sleep tip #1: be consistent about bedtime
This first sleep tip applies to both you and the kids. A big reason why you may be tired after waking up every morning is that your body’s internal clock (also known as circadian rhythm) is out of whack.
Going to bed at the same time every night is the most important factor in establishing a healthy sleep schedule. This is one of the best ways to ensure that you will have a deeper, more restful sleep and in turn, more energy throughout the day to complete your daily tasks.
So, the next time the kids ask for 30 more minutes of TV before bed, remind them that you have a bedtime routine to stick to as well! Sleep-deprived moms and kids can lead to one grumpy household.
Sleep tip #2: nap when the kids nap
Napping while the kids are napping is a common answer to the question, “How do mothers deal with sleep deprivation?” On average, babies take around two naps a day that can last anywhere from 2-4 hours in duration. This is the perfect opportunity to catch up on some sleep if you’ve been waking up every few hours for the baby.
It’s important to understand that napping does not automatically cure sleep deprivation, but it can help to restore energy if you’re feeling sluggish. If you can, try to nap for 20-30 minutes max — any longer could cause you to feel groggy.
Make sure that both your’s and the baby’s nap location is dark and quiet, away from distractions. This will set up a peaceful environment for undisturbed sleep.
How many hours should a mom sleep?
Every adult should be getting at least 7-9 hours of sleep per night to live a healthy life. However, because babies can only sleep for approximately 1-3 hours at a time, parents can expect to wake up to the sound of crying multiple times throughout the night. If you can, aim to get around 5-6 hours of consolidated sleep in a row by enlisting the help of a loved one throughout the night.
How much sleep does the average mom get?
According to the Sleep Foundation, new mothers will lose around an hour of sleep every night — and that may not change for a number of years as the child grows up.
In other words, moms typically don’t get enough sleep.
This is why developing healthy sleep habits so that you can fall asleep quickly, and hopefully stay asleep for longer, is crucial to your overall well-being.
Sleep tip #3: cut down on the caffeine
Moms, we understand that some of you truly need caffeine to get you through the day, but before you reach for that fourth cup of coffee, hear us out. With early morning school drop-off and late-night sports games, a little pick-me-up during the day is totally okay! However, excessive caffeine intake throughout the day will only result in a buzzing body and mind.
Caffeine is a stimulant that is heavily linked to sleep disturbances if consumed too close to bedtime. If you drink an espresso and then try to go to sleep, your brain will tell your body that you’re still awake. Caffeine makes it very difficult to fall and stay asleep, so make sure that you avoid caffeine at least eight hours before bedtime for quality rest.
Sleep tip #4: prioritize relaxation to reduce stress
It’s no secret that mothers are often stressed, but do you know how stress affects sleep? Long story short, if you’re stressed you can’t sleep, and if you can’t sleep you’ll be more stressed. It is a vicious cycle that can be hard to break if you don’t have the right tools. So, what can mothers do to make sure they sleep well? Two words: wind down.
Signs of exhaustion in mothers, and parenting stress, all stem from feeling drained and overwhelmed. Prioritizing time to yourself to simply relax can be the difference between a great night’s sleep and a night of tossing and turning.
Activities for stress relief
Now, we know what you’re thinking: I never get any time to myself! I can’t even spare a few minutes to take a shower! Asking for help is not always easy, but we highly encourage you to ask your partner or someone else that you trust to watch your children while you take time to unwind.
Unwinding can take the form of meditation, taking a warm bath, reading, stretching, or deep breathing exercises to prepare your body and mind for bed. Avoid looking at any screens for at least an hour before lights out to help you fall asleep faster.
Sleep tip #5: invest in your perfect mattress
The truth is, even if you take advantage of any or all of the tips we listed above, none of them will benefit you if you’re sleeping on the wrong mattress.
Imagine wanting to cook the most delicious meal in the world but only being allowed to use rotten ingredients. In the same vein, you can’t get a good night’s sleep if your mattress is either low-quality or not supportive of your body’s needs. The mattress is literally the foundation of your sleep quality.
Every sleeper is different and requires a specific mattress to complement their sleep habits, sleep position, body type, and more. With the right mattress for you, you will get the best restorative rest possible, and in turn, be able to take on each day with confidence.
Texas Mattress Makers is a mattress manufacturer and retailer that crafts innovative and affordable mattresses for every type of sleeper. We can even create a custom mattress from scratch to ensure your (and your partner’s) needs are met. If you want to be the best person, mom, and partner possible, you need to make sure you are getting the rest your body needs.
Tired Moms: Meet Texas Mattress Makers
Tired moms deserve a gold medal for all of their hard work — and a full 7-9 hours of sleep! This Mother’s Day, give your mom the gift of a good night’s sleep…and don’t wake her up until she’s ready!
Texas Mattress Makers offers our expertise on a variety of topics revolving around motherhood, families, and sleep for you to check out:
What do these articles all have in common? If you read each one, you’ll see that there is no such thing as one perfect mattress for any situation. Hypothetically, while other websites will tell you that the “best mattress for menopause” is the “No Sweat Sleeper 3000”, our experts will advise you to find a mattress that fits your individual needs with an added cooling topper!
Brands will also try to sell you on the idea that you need one specific mattress during pregnancy, when in fact, our experts will tell you that pregnant women should only invest in a new mattress after they’ve given birth. Our experts have a level of knowledge that is unmatched!
In summary, we can help moms at all stages of life get the best quality sleep they deserve. Head on over to any of our mattress stores in Katy, Downtown Houston, The Woodlands, Rosenberg, Humble, and Baybrook, TX!
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