Before your little bundle of joy arrived, you likely heard about the amount of sleepless nights you will have. You might even have other moms describing the new mom days as feeling like a “walking zombie”. Even now you might be admitting to yourself that these rumors are definitely true.
The good news is there are ways to avoid being that “walking zombie” during your new journey as a mother. You can almost always sneak in sleep. Just check out these sleep-saving tips to get back your much needed sleep time.
1. Delegate your sleep time wisely
It’s no surprise that your newborn baby will wake up crying wanting to feed. Discuss the nighttime feeding with your loved one, so you can catch up on your needed sleep. One part of postpartum depression is sleep deprivation, so make sure you try and get your full night of rest. This might mean giving the baby a bottle of formula instead.
2. Take a nap
When your baby sleeps, then you need to take a nap as well. You might have a lot of tasks to do, but your baby’s naptime isn’t the only time to get the list done. One way to keep yourself productive while your baby is active is to get a bouncy seat and baby carrier so when the baby is up you can tackle your to-do list while they keep busy. You might even want to learn to nurse while lying down. It’s a great way to bond with your child as you both will drift off to sleep. Maybe even catch up on a couple z’s while your baby is busy feeding.
3. Ask for help
If you are a person who has always tackled every task and enjoys doing so, it might be needed for you to get some help, especially if you need some time to doze off. Consider hiring someone to clean the house and ask someone else (such as a relative or friend) to spend an hour or two once in a while to take care of the newborn while you do so.
4. Check out other rooming alternatives
If your sleeping arrangement is currently keeping everyone up, try looking for another alternative. Put your baby’s crib in another room and have them sleep in there. You can use a baby monitor to listen for your little one’s cries. This option might likely help moms get well-rested and be better during the day.
5. Get in the mood for sleep
Sometimes it is not always easy to doze off into sleep on command. When sleeping opportunities do come, you need to prepare yourself to relax. Try using earplugs, an eye mask, or even a white noise machine. Ask your partner to take the baby out for a stroll, so you can get caught up on a nap.
Consider changing your bedroom into a sanctuary. Purchase new bedsheets, add darkening blinds, and a scented mist. Do whatever you need to create the place of relaxation so you can fall asleep easily.
6. Speak to your healthcare provider
Ask your healthcare provider about using medication, such as Benadryl, to help you fall asleep. Depending on your situation, your healthcare provider might recommend something stronger. Just taking it once or more during the week can make you feel more together and helping you get some much needed sleep.