Help, I’m a Mombie
Health & Wellness, Nurture Naturally | March 8, 2018
In the world of “mombies” and daddy’s, it’s pretty normal to be interrupted nightly for potty help, stuffy noses, nightmares, and extra cuddles. You would think the first night of silence after countless sleepless nights would be glorious and sound. But sometimes that’s just not the case.
Whether it’s that 3 o’clock coffee you were in dire need of to get through the afternoon slump, or a pesky to-do list you’ve just compiled in your head while staring at the ceiling, missing out on sleep for seemingly no good reason is no laughing matter.
Recently the CDC reported that 1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep. We have a feeling they have little ones! Fear not, The Daily Honey has a few helpful tips to help you relax so hopefully you can stop being a mombie and get back to being a mommy.
- Take a Breath
Did you know something as simple as taking a deep breath might be the key to easing you back to sleep. 4-7-8 breathing is a breathing exercise inspired by the ancient practice of pranayama. To perform, breath in for 4 counts, hold breath for 7 counts, and complete by breathing out for 8 counts. Repeating the cycle 4 times has shown to help many get back on their way to sleep. This is also may be a great option for those who fall asleep easily but wake in the middle of the night.
- Nix the PM Caffeine
As tempting as that 3 o’clock coffee may be, saving the caffeine for the morning may be helpful to how you sleep. It may surprise you to learn caffeine can last in the body for 6-8 hours. To make sure it’s not messing with your sleep cycles, opt for caffeine-free tea, or coffee, or even better, try a cup of warm organic milk and honey in the afternoon to keep your sleep cycle on track.
- Say mOMMMM. In today’s world of digital-everything, there are thousands of apps and YouTube videos for gentle yoga exercises. Just 5 minutes of yoga before bed may be just what you need to decompress and drift off to dreamland. We like Child’s pose, plow pose, and legs up against the wall (Viparita Karani), give them a try and let us know what your favorite is.