As a mother, when you take care of yourself, you have more love and energy to give to your family. A big part of self-care includes getting enough sleep, which can seem hard to come by, whether you have one child or five. Ratika Kavuri, D.O., a family medicine physician at Piedmont Physicians Johns Creek, answers the most common sleep questions she hears from moms and shares her tips for getting better sleep every night.
Why is it so important for moms to get enough sleep?
Sleep plays a very important role in your physical well-being by reducing the risk of health problems as well as decreasing mental and emotional stress. You may be less likely to develop postpartum depression and have low milk supply (for breastfeeding moms) when you get more sleep. Being well-rested can also help you be more alert and less prone to accidents or injury.
I have a newborn. How can I get adequate sleep?
If you are a mother to an infant, you may not be able to clock a full night’s sleep based on your baby’s feeding schedule. In this season of life, focus on getting high quality sleep whenever you can. You can improve your sleep quality with good sleep hygiene. Try these tips:
- Invest in a supportive pillow and comfortable mattress.
- Install blackout curtains or light-blocking blinds so your bedroom is as dark as possible.
- Avoid using electronic devices, like your smartphone or television, 30 to 60 minutes before bed. The light these devices emit can disrupt your sleep.
- Establish a relaxing bedtime routine. This may mean a warm shower or bath, meditation or reading a light book. Do whatever helps you unwind after a busy day of caring for others.
- Follow a somewhat scheduled day, which may take a few months to figure out. Try to go to bed around the same time every day.
- Go to sleep as early as possible. Resist the urge to do just a few more chores or answer emails once your baby has gone to sleep.
- Prioritize rest once your child is down for the night.
Is it a good idea to nap while your child naps?
Yes, especially if you can nap for a full sleep cycle while your child is asleep. Sleep patterns usually follow a cycle, which can last about 90 minutes to two hours per cycle. Having said that, a 20- to 30-minute power nap may not work as it breaks this cycle. Experiment with napping and see what makes you feel your best.
By prioritizing your health, you will have more to give to others. Let us help you get and stay well. Make a same-day appointment with our caring family physicians at Piedmont Physicians Johns Creek. Call 404-982-4294 to schedule an appointment today or visit piedmont.org.
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Article provided by Piedmont Physicians. Dr. Kavuri is board certified in Family Medicine, and she is also a member of American Academy of Family Physicians, American Board of Family Medicine, American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, and American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.