Sometimes it’s you that needs the sleep training.
Sometime around the third trimester, you realize that sleep as you know it may never be the same. Between the belly and the kicking and the plain old nerves of baby’s arrival, it’s near impossible. But from mama to mama? Now’s the time to start learning about some healthier sleep habits. For you, not baby. Because before you know it, baby will be here and his or her sleep is going to be all you can think about when you’re supposed to be in REM. “How many naps should baby be taking?” “Is baby breathing?” “Should I sleep train?” And while we admit that worry is something that comes with the parenting territory, we want you to get in the habit of checking in with yourself. Sleep, of course, is one of those things that’s unpredictable in those early stages, but at one point or another you’ll start getting into a routine, and you will be the one who needs the bedtime rules. We know, we know--we like to squeeze all we can out of a day too, but losing a few hours here and there can seriously have negative effects on you (and if you ask my fiancé, those around you who have to deal with cranky mama in the morning!). Lack of sleep can cause forgetfulness, depression, impair attention and can even kill your sex drive--as if that postpartum period wasn’t difficult enough to deal with on its own. A good night’s sleep is essential for your body and mind to repair and detox. Something we can all benefit from. So when Jawbone approached us about reviewing the Jawbone UP MOVE activity tracker and Smart Coach feature, it felt like the perfect time to work towards healthier habits. Here are 5 tips to help you work towards a better night’s sleep. 1. Maintain a regular sleep-wake schedule. Your child has a regular bedtime. Why not you? Experts say that a regular sleep schedule helps maintain the timing of the body’s internal clock, enabling you to fall asleep and wake up easier. 2. Bring in reinforcements. No not sleeping pills. But some good old fashioned herbal remedies. Chamomile tea has been an age old remedy for sleep. So has lavender. This one is a favorite. 3. Get outside. Melatonin is controlled by light exposure so the more time you get outside, the more signals your body will get that it’s daylight, in turn secreting melatonin in the evening when it’s supposed to. Another good excuse to get our steps in throughout the day. 4. Shut off. Artificial light can really send your circadian rhythms haywire. As hard as it may be, try and turn off all electronics, phone, computer, and TV one hour before bed. You’ll be much happier for it in the morning. 5. Take a nap. While sleeping your full 7-9 hours of sleep each night is ideal, take the advice of everyone and their mother and sleep when baby sleeps. Even just a short 20-minute power nap can do wonders. This post was brought to you by Jawbone UP MOVE.