For busy moms with young children, getting a good night's sleep can feel like an impossible task. Dr. Jade Wu, a board-certified behavioral sleep medicine specialist, offers tips to help moms get better sleep.
First, Dr. Wu recommends tailoring your sleep habits to your body’s natural rhythms. Sleep as much as you need to, then you sleep and wake at the times your body needs. To help your mind rest at night, make sure you’re actually sleepy and focus on getting out of your head and into your body through meditation or simple distraction.
For busy moms, Dr. Wu also recommends clarifying what you can and cannot control when it comes to sleep, making a very clear divide between the “doing” day and the “being” night, and remembering that sleep doesn’t have to be perfect for you to have good sleep health. If you often travel for work, bring cues for sleep with you that help you drift off in unfamiliar hotel rooms.
Finally, protect time each day for yourself and do something that is enjoyable but will not impact your sleep.
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