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Coping with lack of sleep

12 Apr

Hello to mommies out there something to share with you.

When sleep deprivation is a way of life, it can be hard to function during the day. If you’re going back to work, colleagues without children may have little idea of what you’re up against. You need a three-pronged approach:

More sleep for your baby
– At this age, many babies are able to sleep through the night. If yours can’t, look into sleep-training methods. Browse these baby sleep articles for ideas.

More sleep for you
– Take a short nap during your break time at work if you can.
– Simplify and/or delegate some daily chores so you can get a break.
– Wind down nicely before bed and let your partner put your baby down for the evening.
– Establish a consistent sleep-wake cycle. Try to wake up and go to sleep at the same times every day.

Make sure you get good-quality sleep
– Make your bedroom sleep-friendly. Keep work and chores off the bed and preferably out of the room. Make sure your mattress is comfortable. Adjust the light, temperature, and noise in your bedroom to your liking. Put a throw over the TV and turn off the radio.
– Relax before bedtime. Ways to unwind include drinking warm milk, practising yoga, stretching, progressive muscle relaxation (where you squeeze and release muscles, starting at your toes), deep breathing and massage.
– Take care of yourself in other ways. Eat nutritious meals and light snacks, avoid caffeine (at least after noon), and exercise regularly. Try to get the most difficult or tiring work done early in the day, and wind down as the day goes on.
– Read other parents’ tips on coping with tiredness.

– Talk to your doctor if you really can’t sleep.

More expert advice

– Coping with sleep deprivation
– Understanding sleep
– Exercising with your baby