Fight Sleep Deprivation
Forty-four days. That’s how many days of sleep new mothers lose in the first year of their baby’s life. The 2013 study derived this figure from the fact that the average new mum only sleeps five hours a night. Getting a good night’s rest is so important because that’s when the body repairs itself both physically and mentally. But when mums don’t get enough sleep, they’re exposing themselves to lack of concentration, erratic emotions, poor decision-making skills and irritability. Furthermore, they are more likely to fall sick because their immune system is impaired. Noticed how some new mums put on weight? That’s because lack of sleep increases appetite whilst slowing down the metabolism. While new mums can’t escape sleep deprivation completely, there are strategies to help them cope.
Nap When Baby Naps
Mums will often try to get some work done when their little one nods off. Instead, take this opportunity to sleep. Even if you’re just taking a 20-minute power nap, you’ll have replenished your sleep bank.
Adjust Your Sleep Routine
No more late nights for you. To ensure you catch enough z’s you’re going to have to set your bedtime to much earlier such as 8:30pm to get more hours out of your night.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with allowing those around you to help you out. Trusted loved ones will offer to help, and you should jump at the chance. Not only are you getting some much-needed rest, they’ll be getting a chance to bond with your bundle of joy.
If you’re a nursing mother, consider pumping so that your spouse or partner can help with the night-time feeding. You can take turns or choose to rotate nights, so each of you can get some sleep in.
Whip Up Some Energy
You may be tempted to opt for the sugary foods or carbohydrates for instant energy, but this will be a disservice in the long run. Instead, focus on having a nutritious and balanced diet that will give you better energy levels throughout the day. Additionally, remember to stay hydrated as it helps keep sleepiness and dizziness at bay.
Simplify Your Schedule
You may be tempted to be a super mum and agree to additional responsibilities. After all, you are an independent woman in the 21st century. Don’t! This is a period where you need to be conserving your energy. So, as you plan your day, consider if what you’re doing is essential and if how you’re going to execute it will be efficient.
Remember, This Too Shall Pass
When you’re in the middle of sleep deprivation it can feel like you’re trapped in a never-ending cycle. Understand that things will get better, and your life will go back to normal. With the right frame of mind and resources you WILL make it through.