45. Quick Tip Tuesday: Use these apps to get a deeper, more restful sleep (even if your mind is racing) - tips for new mom sleep deprivation
Do you find it hard to fall asleep and stay asleep because your mind is constantly reminding you of all your mom duties? (Is the baby awake? Did I forget to move the laundry to the dryer? Etc.)
Listen to this episode to learn the two tools I use every day to help put my mind to bed so I can wake up refreshed each morning.
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FULL EPISODE TRANSCRIPTION:
Hey friends, it’s Quick Tip Tuesday where I answer a quick question submitted by you my dear podcast listeners. If you have a question you’d like me to answer on a Quick Tip Tuesday episode, simply go to my website, Angel swan.com/quick tip and submit your question. So today’s question from Tiffany is how do you get a more restful sleep if your mind won’t stop racing? Okay, so I kind of have two answers to this. And both of these options are going to feel a little bit fluffy. But I promise you that they work really, really well, if you do actually try them and keep up with it. So the first is a gratitude practice. So every night before you go to bed, you’ll just pause and write down three good things that happened in your day, and how each of those things made you feel. I do like the idea of a written journal. But if I’m being honest, I forget to use my own paper journals sometimes. So I’ve been using an app instead. The app that I like is called three good things, and it is totally free to use. So literally, like, what you jump, you jump into bed, like you’ve already done your nighttime routine, you get into bed. And before you actually lay back and relax, to go to sleep, you’re going to do this gratitude practice. And then the second thing that I recommend is use guided meditation or sleep stories to help you kind of drift off into sleep. I really like the app called calm, which is like $70 per year. But they do offer a free trial. So you can try it before you decide to buy it if you like it, I was able to get the premium subscription for free through my insurance. So that might be something that you want to look into, and see if your insurance will cover the cost of that app too. I started out with the meditations. But after a while, I just kind of felt like I was using too much brain power to get through them. So I moved on to the sleep stories and I absolutely love them, you basically choose a story to listen to. And a narrator with an incredibly soft and calming voice will narrate a story. It’s just a really nice way to get out of your racing thoughts and kind of drift off to sleep with those like peaceful images in your head. I really like the nature stories specifically. And that is it. Just two really simple and easy things that you can do to kind of slow down your mind and get a deeper sleep. Alright, lady, if you’ve listened to my podcast thus far, and you haven’t taken one minute to leave me a review on Apple podcasts, would you just go and do that for me today. If I have helped you in any way, if you’ve learned something new, the best way to support the show is to leave me a five star rating and or a written review. It just takes about a minute of your time but it really makes a huge impact on my day and on the day of another mom who found my podcasts because you took the time to leave that review. And that’s all for today’s Quick Tip Tuesday. Thank you so much for listening. I’ll talk to you soon. Bye bye