Having a new baby at home is a time of emotional upheaval, even under the best of circumstances. Regardless of whether it’s your first baby or not, anxiety can be a common feeling during this time. But for some women, this feeling can grow, and begin to interfere with her ability to enjoy and take care of her new baby and herself. Postnatal anxiety and insomnia can range anywhere from being a mild case of the jitters right through to being severe, and can start suddenly straight after birth, or appear gradually in the weeks and months during the first year.
Have you ever found yourself in an ongoing loop of feeling stressed and anxious, leading to poor sleep that night, which then makes you feel more stressed the next day, keeping you again from getting a good nights sleep, and on and on and on?
Sleep is an important resource that allows us to go about our day feeling happy and healthy, and with the ability to be productive and get done what we need to. It becomes harder and harder to maintain positivity through the day if we haven’t had a good nights sleep the night before. Ongoing stress and poor sleep can often seem to go hand in hand, so finding out the reason for both is usually the key to overcoming them.
Insomnia and sleep problems can be tricky things to deal with. Most people have tried the more common remedies for poor sleep, such as reducing caffeine, switching off from screen time before bed, and keeping the bedroom as dark and noise free as possible. But what if you still find yourself lying awake through the middle of the night? Here are a few other options from Chinese medicine to help you sleep through the night.