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13 Ways to Cope with Sleep Deprivation as a New Parent

There are so many wonderful moments with in those precious first weeks and months as a new parent. Unfortunately, extreme exhaustion thanks to constantly disturbed sleep is not one of them. Here are a few simple steps you can take to help yourself get more – and better – sleep during the early stages of your baby’s life.

 

How to cope with sleep deprivation

Sleep When Baby Sleeps

A famous bit of advice – but it works. If you can get a couple of hours here and there when baby is napping during the day.If you struggle to fall asleep in the daytime, just being restful and taking some quiet time while they sleep  will still benefit your body. Listen to relaxing music, or take a bath to unwind.

 

 

Go to Bed at the Same Time

It might sound crazily early, but going to bed with them gives you time to catch up on precious sleep before you have to wake up for overnight feeds. It you feel atall tempted to use your late-evenings to catch up on laundry or tidy the house just remember to go easy on yourself  you’ll be in a much better state tomorrow if you hit the sac early and get the sleep you need when yo can.

 

 

Don’t Obsess Over the Clock

Try not to clock-watch when you’re up in the night. It’ll only make you more aware of how much sleep you’re NOT getting, which will highlight it even more. Instead, hide any clocks, tuck your phone away overnight and do what you have to do with baby before heading straight back to bed.

 

 

Find Relaxation Methods

Sometimes, baby can be fast asleep, but you simply can’t nod off. Your mind is buzzing with anxieties about baby as well as the long list of things that you ‘should’ be doing right now. At times like this, try deep breathing , relaxation techniques and easy yoga  to help with energy levels and mindfulness during a potentially stressful and manic period in your life. Write things down rather than trying to remember them like superwoman.

 

 

Share the Night Feeds

Sleep Deprivation - Night Feeds

If you can, share the load between yourself and your partner. It can be bliss to know you’ve got at least one or two magical nights without having to get up to feed them If you choose to breastfeed or bottlefeed, consider expressing and storing your breast milk so Dad can take control when needed Twist Breast milk expressing and feeding system is the ideal solution for dad to get involved with feeds and is the only expressing product thatwill allow you to express with your own breast pump and baby’s favourite bottle teat(if they have one). https://bit.ly/2vs4BAK

 

 

Keep Hydrated

It’s important to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration and to help you stay alert, which can make feelings of tiredness more severe. Keeping your fluids up will also benefit your skin, reducing the appearance of tired eyes and dry skin.

 

 

Eat Well

Food is your fuel: make sure you eat well and get enough energy to cope with daily life. Avoid junk-foods which give you a quick burst followed by a crash. Instead, choose slow-digesting foods like whole grains, oatmeal, beans, nuts, fruits and veggies. Try not to let tiredness get in the way of being able to cook or eat a decent meal – this is your recovery time too. When the last thing you feel like doing is cooking, top tip is to batch cook meals to store in the freezer and defrost when you need. The Nutribaby+ has the largest capacity on the market for exactly this reason and preparation time is even quicker thanks to the a simultaneous steamer and blender. https://bit.ly/2nyJ4CU

 

 

Sleep-inducing Foods

Sleep Deprivation - Sleep-inducing foods

If you do get chance to catch up on some sleep and want to make the most of it, there area number of foods known to have sleep-inducing properties. Fish, bananas, cherries,yoghurt, warm milk or chamomile and decaf green teas are among the list

 

 

Take Time to Shower

Never underestimate the effect of having  a simple shower and putting on clean clothes For an instant life, this is a great trick to help you feel refreshed, energised and in control. Spending the day in your PJ’s won’t necessarily help you feel motivated or awake.

 

Fresh Air

Reconnecting with the outside world in the first few weeks of motherhood , many will say is somewhat a challenge… A short walk is an excellent way of taking in some fresh air and natural daylight for you and baby.Natural ight exposure is directly linked to mood and energy levels which is paramout for well-being , especially new mothers and fathers.

Coffee is Your Friend

Sleep Deprivation - Coffee is your friend

There’s something about the flavours, the satisfying aroma, and the experience of taking just a few minutes to enjoy a coffee can work wonders for awakening the senses as well as catalysing a little injection of energy. If you’re breastfeeding, opt for decaf coffee – some mums have reported that even decaf coffee has an energy-boosting effect on them despite the lack of caffeine

 

 

Accept Help

It’s likely that during these amazing but busy few months, you’ll have lots of visits from friends and family, offering to help with ‘anything you need’!It can be difficult to actually take up these offers, but they really could be your saviour. Just having someone else look after baby for an afternoon or doing a washing load can free you up for more of the rest your body is craving It’s also a great opportunity for baby to get used to meeting different people and seeing new faces.

Positivity is Key

Do everything you can (and as much of the above as possible) to stay positive. This state of exhaustion might seem unbearable now, but it WILL get easier as you become more confident as a parent and establish a bedtime routine with your baby. In the meantime try these 5 Quick-fix Sleep-inducing Solutions For Babies and Toddlers