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The beginning of a new year is always full of resolutions and good intentions to take better care of ourselves. But if you’re busy preparing for a new baby, getting used to life with a newborn or chasing after your littles, those resolutions often get put on the back burner.
There is one thing we can do to improve our overall wellbeing for a happier and healthier new year— make sleep a priority.
We know, we know—'try sleeping with a newborn!' Those early months of sleep deprivation are a reality, but should not be your new normal. We understand that even when your child begins to sleep for longer stretches, it's hard to quiet your mind, stop worrying about your long to-do list and prioritize yourself.
Studies show that 50% of adults are sleep deprived. Breathe easy at the fact that you’re not the only one running on fumes and iced coffee most days. In actuality, half the people you know are in the same boat. There are plenty of moms like you trying to juggle too much with too few hours in the day.
The old tip is to sleep when baby sleeps but we all know that’s very often not possible, so even if the best you can do is put your feet up, and close your eyes for five minutes to rest and recharge, it could make a world of difference. Life will not end if you just put your feet up those extra few minutes before you start to tackle your tasks and projects.
Life is all about finding balance and making priorities—what matters, what comes first -- let it be sleep (or at least rest:).
While we can’t always control how much sleep we get—thanks to little ones who rise early, commuting to work, getting kids to school and more—we can definitely improve the quality of the sleep we do get.
Having a nightly sleep practice can help make better sleep your new healthy habit:
Put your phone to bed- We know browsing instagram feeds can be relaxing and help you feel connected, but we all know the screen time and blue light can overstimulate your brain and mess up your circadian rhythm.
Calm your mind- Take a few minutes to reflect on what you're grateful for, breathe deep—and if you cannot remove your phone from your life, at least try listening to soothing music or a meditation app.
Schedule it- We put every other important event on our calendar; we need to do the same for sleep and start building it into our schedules.
It’s a new year and a chance for a fresh start. Let’s vow to rest more and sleep better this year.
We hope you’ll join our Sleep is the New Black campaign to remind moms to make sleep a priority. Put on your favorite Belabumbum pjs and tag your posts #mybelabumbum and share how you snuggle up and get your zzz's.