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Trouble sleeping after pregnancy - what can I do?

The trouble many new parents face is that the constant night time awakenings, thanks to their baby, leave them too stressed to sleep. So while they need sleep more than ever, they can’t fall asleep. It’s a vicious cycle and one that you need to break. Fortunately, a few relaxation tips and techniques can help you to get the sleep that you so desperately need.
 
One great idea is to take turns with your partner giving each other massages before bed. Include high tension areas like your back, neck and shoulders, as well as arms and legs, and you should be more relaxed and ready for sleep.
 
Yoga is another proven relaxation technique that you could try to get ready for sleep. Even if you don’t have a gym membership, you can learn this ancient art by renting or buying a DVD and trying it in your own home.
 
Just breathing consciously, focusing on breathing through your nose, and taking slow, steady breaths can help you to relax. Practicing progressive muscle relaxation techniques, closing your eyes and then tensing and releasing one muscle after the other can help you to relax and get ready for bed.
 
Finally, you could try an imagination technique called guided imagery. Lie on your bed with your eyes closed and imagine yourself in a relaxing location. It could be a beach, next to a waterfall or in a field – whatever you find relaxing. Then focus on imagining as much detail as you can – down to the blades of grass or grains of sand. With time and practice this can be a very successful relaxation technique.

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If you’re struggling to get the sleep you need, then there are ten simple sleep tips that might help.
When it comes to sleep, every new parent needs more, but many struggle to fall asleep when they need to.
When it comes to sleep sharing safety, a lot depends on you and your partner, but studies show that the risk of accidental crushing are low.
If all else fails, arrange with a friend or family member that your baby spend a night with them once a week. This way, you and your partner have a whole night together to enjoy, as you want to, without any interruptions.
The right amount of sleep differs from individual to individual and even between cultures.

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