Has your sleep been disturbed after stillbirth or neonatal loss?
How is your sleep? All the grief and sadness since losing your baby can really impair your sleep. You might feel like you are sleeping too much or too little. An average adult should have 7 or more hours of restful uninterrupted sleep every night, in order optimize mind and physical health.
Try these sleep hygiene tips below to optimize your rest:
- avoid screens for 1-2 hours before bed
- have a consistent bedtime
- optimize your bedding: comfortable mattress, pillow and season appropriate duvet
- exercise daily
- try smelling essential oils like lavender
- take a warm bath or shower before bed
- try a chamomile tea - it can also help with anxiety and stress
- have a consistent time when you rise and shine
- meditations for sleep
I believe so deeply in the power of meditation. But I am not just talking from personal experience, there are many studies to support the evidence for mindfulness and its effectiveness in grief. For it's ability to improve resilience, strength and manage symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety. It allows you to find peacefulness and strength amongst the ravages of grief. The mind is so incredibly powerful - harnessing some control over your thoughts and ruminations and opening yourself up to peacefulness and calm is so important. Guided visualizations can give you a safe space to just 'be,'to reconnect with your body, mind and spirit.
If sleep is still an issue for you - see your GP this week. If you've tried all of the above, you may need some additional pharmacological assistance. Sleep is so so important in managing your mental health. It is closely linked to anxiety, depression and PTSD - all of these can worsen, cause or be a consequence of lack of sleep. So SEEK THE HELP that is out there.