5 Ways to Catch Some Extra ZZZs on Maternity Leave


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Take Care of Yourself While You Sleep

Avoid coffee and other stimulants right before you go to sleep.
Avoid coffee and other stimulants right before you go to sleep.
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Remember all those times you felt uncomfortable during your pregnancy? When you had to put a pillow between your legs and ask your husband for a back rub?

Those days aren't gone yet.

Your body is still morphing, except now it's adjusting to minimal sleep. In order to make the sleep that you have high-quality, take some precautions. Have ample pillows, and place them at your pressure points (between the legs, behind the neck and at the small of the back). Avoid spicy foods, nicotine, alcohol, caffeine and other stimulants or indigestion-provoking things right before bedtime. If you're going to hope for any sleep at all, you might as well ensure your sleep is as sound as it can be.