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Sleep: The Missing Link for Moms

Posted on December 30th, 2013 by | 9 views

Whenever I talk with moms usually the first question I ask is: how many of you are getting good sleep? A few hands gingerly rise, but mostly everyone’s hand is down, backs are hunched over, and there are often nervous chuckles from the moms.

“I haven’t slept in a decade,” one mom told me as the audience gave out a hearty laugh.

If you’re a mom in the first 6 weeks after you’ve had a baby there is some sense in sleep-deprivation. New baby, new routine, new you. It’s a strong learning curve. Everyone’s telling you ‘sleep when the baby sleeps’ but we all know that’s a joke because when the baby sleeps is the only time to get anything done.

So you don’t sleep for weeks. And for some of us weeks turn into months, years, and suddenly you find yourself at your doctor’s office complaining you don’t feel well. You’re anxious. You have aches and pains. You can’t remember anything.

I know this scenario because I lived it. Until one day I was walking down the supermarket aisle going to buy light bulbs and everything started spinning.  A trip to the emergency room. Passing out. They told me it was anxiety.

I’m okay, really, I told them.  I’m fine.

I didn’t want the anti-anxiety pills. I was a homebirth all-natural never-took-an-ibuprophen mom.

I don’t want them, I said, until the anxiety didn’t go away and then I did want them. I wanted them badly.

Here’s what I really didn’t want: I didn’t want to admit that I was severely, profoundly sleep-deprived. And it was battering my health.

I spent 2 years on anti-anxiety pills.

I’m fine, I told myself.

And then one day I walked into a yoga studio and noticed 25 women lying down on the studio floor doing absolutely nothing, and I was curious. They told me what they were doing was called yoga nidra meditation. I signed up.

Turns out yoga nidra is a sleep-based meditation technique that helps people sleep better, improve mood, and yes, manage anxiety.

Finding yoga nidra was like discovering the  antidote to a modern busy life.

Let’s face it, as moms our lives are never going to be like living in an ashram on a mountaintop. We’ve got carpools and babies to breastfeed and sick children that keep us up nights.

But what if there was an all-natural technique that could result in more energy and help us manage fatigue?

Various sources claim that 1 hour of yoga nidra feels like the equivalent of 4 hours of sleep in our bodies.

I don’t know about you, but I’m in.

Yoga nidra brought the deep restoration back to my life that I so needed.

Yes, the kids need good sleep…but so do YOU.

If there is one new years resolution every mom needs on their list it’s this sleep-based meditation technique.

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