Sleep deprivation in years gone by has been known as a form of “TORTURE” and we can all guess why.
Is flipping tough! Not only is it bad for our physical health but our emotional health too. It debilitates every part of our life…..
So I’ve put together a few ideas that you can ‘mull’over. You might decide there are some things you can adapt and put into place to suit you and your lifestyle until you get this “SLEEP THING” sorted 🙂
- Get a handle on your stress.
Find ways to help you deal and cope with stress. Not only does stress cause difficulties with falling asleep but it disrupts the quality of your sleep. So if you’re only getting a few hours of poor quality sleep, no wonder you fell RUBBISH.
Some ideas to try are: Meditation, yoga, Me-TIME, Date night, Visualization, breathing relaxation.
- Hand the children over to your partner. Take a candle lit bath. Make sure you treat yourself to some luxury bath soaks. Aromatherapy fragrances are fab and can lift your mood.
- Drink enough water. The answer to everything.
- Tempting as it may be to live off ready meals or even skipping lunch, eating high-nutrient foods that give you energy. Can you cook a bit of extra tea every night that you can microwave the next day?
- Take daily vitamins
- Don’t neglect yourself. Find time to take a morning shower and apply a bit of makeup if you used to do that. You will feel like yourself and not just a mummy.
- Have a PJ day one in a while. Why not? Everyone loves a ‘pj’ day.
- Invest in a slow cooker. Prepare tea in the morning when you have more energy. That way when you ‘flagging’ at tea time you will have a nutritious meal all ready to eat.
- Go to bed as early as you can. It won’t be forever and catching some shut-eye will make you feel so much better the next day.
- SERIOUSLY missing sleep has to be paid back. It’s like a financial debt. TRY to catch some sleep when your children do.
- If you have a toddler, snuggle up on the sofa together and watch one of their favorite movies. You can ‘nod off’ while they enjoy your company, closeness, and the film.
- Talk to someone who understands exactly how you feel.
- Forget the housework.
- Make sure you take advantage of online shopping.
- One day a week batch cook some meals you can pull out of the freezer for the days you really don’t have the energy.
- Pop the children in a nice warm bath while you keep a watchful eye on them. Grab a cuppa and enjoy.
- Be kind to yourself, don’t expect too much. You don’t need to be superwoman.
- The sleep deprivation might seem relentless now but try to remain positive, one day your baby will sleep.