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All parents know that sleep is a rare gem once you have children. You’ll spend many a night with broken sleep and find yourself slumped over the washing machine having an accidental afternoon snooze the following day. So we’ve put together some tips and advice to beat tiredness and fatigue and try to get your energy back – you’re going to need it!
1. Take turns- and stick to it!
If you live with your partner, set a schedule to wake up on alternative nights and see to the little one. You both need a full nights’ sleep at least every other night and although it may test your relationship, it will also show how you can work as a team too! If you’re breastfeeding, make sure your partner gives you at least a couple of hours in the day/evening to sleep before you commence the nightly feeds. If you live alone, firstly, we praise you! Secondly, if you’re not breastfeeding ask a friend or relative to stay a few nights a week, or to come over for a couple of hours in the evening whilst you get a bit of shut eye.
2. Drink loads of water
The best way to wake yourself up is to hydrate, so make sure you have 2 litres of water every day. It might seem a lot and it’s likely you’ll forget to drink so much, but it really will make a significant difference to your energy levels. In the morning, have a glass of room temperature water with a slice of lemon, this will boost your metabolism and set you up for your day. One of the main causes of fatigue is dehydration, so get glugging!
3. Sleep spray
A great way to unwind before bed is spritz some sleep spray onto your pillow before you get your head down. mio’s Liquid Yoga Space Spray contains an essence of lavender which helps slow you down and clear your mind before bed. If your baby doesn’t sleep well at all, then avoid this as it may make it even harder to wake up through the night.
4. Get the temperature right
This tip applies to both you and your baby, if either of you are too hot or too cold, you’re bound to struggle to get comfortable and fall to sleep. So invest in a silent fan, they keep the room cool without the noise of a traditional fan, we love the Dyson one. Keep at the other side of your baby’s room to avoid them reaching over and causing havoc!
Throughout your day, whether you’re at work or at home, take a moment to go for a walk. The fresh air will help keep your senses awake and aware and the exercise will release endorphins and make you feel more energised, plus it’s good for your baby to get some fresh air. The motions of the pram can also help get your baby to sleep, bonus!