131: Mum’s Health: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

with Vicki Dawson

Sleep is the best meditation.

[Dalai Lama]

Soon after becoming a mum, Vicki Dawson learnt an important lesson the hard way.  Newborn babies don’t sleep very well. But in Vicki’s case, her son’s challenging sleeping patterns continued for a number of years. Needless to say, this left Vicki chronically sleep-deprived and feeling totally exhausted and isolated as a result.

Her experience, and the way it affected both her personal and professional life, led to the creation of The Children’s Sleep Charity, which offers information and strategies to parents and professionals in supporting and educating families around sleep.

Through her work, Vicki empowers families who are struggling with sleep to make the changes that are right for them. These can include creating sleep plans, practising breathing and mindfulness exercises, and learning strategies to create a calmer and less tense environment around bedtime.

With a lot of information out there focused on children’s sleep, Vicki reminds us that a mother’s sleep habits can still be negatively impacted long after her children are sleeping through the night. As busy mums, we have a duty to prioritise our sleep in order to stay well, become more effective, and keep our families safe, which is why in this episode Vicki shares tips to help mums sleep better.

During this interview, you’ll learn why what you choose to do in the hour before you go to bed can dramatically improve your sleep quality. By the end of this episode, you’ll have a number of practical strategies to get more in synch with your body and relax before bedtime, including a list of foods that you should or shouldn’t eat before bed. You’ll also learn what causes you to wake in the night and what you can do if you struggle to fall asleep again. Follow Vicki’s advice, and you’ll be ready to sleep like a baby. But this time, in a good way!

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