Top Tips to Help Improve Mum's Sleep

Take a look at the following simple tips for mothers with reduced levels of sleep to stay healthy, happy and connected to their Feminine Goddess.

There is no doubt that being a mother is a very tiring, demanding (and joyful) experience - a full time job that results in women often taking short cuts with health, sleep and nutrition for the wellbeing of your child. 

The following simple tips have been designed for mummies with reduced levels of sleep to stay healthy, happy and connected to their Feminine Goddess; combat insomnia and pacify the nervous system, lose weight, increase 'happy hormones,’ and help to stay beautifully balanced.  

Enjoy this advice from Fiona Caddies - founder of White Zebra

1)    Create a darker environment at night – turn lights down in your living room or simply use candles or a side lamp. Make sure the bedroom is completely black.

2)    Ensure that all electronics are turned off when the sun goes down. That includes mobile phones, laptops, tablets / iPads. If your alarm clock is needed (however you probably have a crying clock) keep the electricity away from you, however note that natural rising is best – this will happen once rest is restored.

3)    Aim to be in bed by 10pm or earlier – it’s been documented that the hours before midnight are worth double the hours after midnight (this is related to natural biorhythms and the Chinese meridians).

4)    Reduce stimulants like coffee, energy drinks and sugar after midday– these will ‘trigger’ a disturbed night’s sleep.  Replace with White Zebra suite of teas which feature calming properties ingredients, as well   with Green smoothies: kale, spinach, parsley, mint and basil are easy and accessible. 

5)    Create “calm” at night. Simple yoga poses for 10 minutes before bed, breathing techniques before retiring to bed and lights down and electronics off by here too of course all help induce melatonin and put the body in a parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) dominant state.

6)    Eat foods rich in magnesium – Cacao is very rich in magnesium but better to have in the morning due to its caffeine properties.

7)    Stretch before bed. If its tummy time for your new born, then why don’t you hit the floor also? Stretching helps unblock the energy points in your body, increases blood flow and repairs the body. In each stretch, focus on the breath and calm the mind. Be sure to stretch every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes.

8)    Create a regular routine – bed ritual, same time to bed, same time to rise (even on weekends)

Not only are mothers affected by loss of sleep, they are at risk of the right balance of work, play and rest, critical for concentration and detoxification of the body. This often leaves mothers frustrated, tired, cranky, and in some cases anxious or depressed. Introduce one change at a time and notice your stripes changing.

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