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We all have different style for everything in life, different values, different goals, but we all do have something in common. We all want to be healthy & happy.
I remember those early days when sleep was a luxury and now I know why I felt so broken all the time. My both kids are now 5 days a week in nursery or school and they both sleep through the night.
Here are few tips that helped me to survive those days when I was crying for sleep.
1. Stay at home and rest
After a bad night sleep if you are planning to have a busy day and you didn't arrange to meet someone, just stay at home and have a low key day. Your child (children) just love to spend time with you. Don't feel guilty if you are not taking them out. You need rest too.
2. When your child sleeps, you sleep too
I have done this on a regular basis when I had Leila (my 2nd child). Hugo was then in a nursery and I loved my mid day naps. Leave housework and dirty dishes. Your sleep is more important then perfectly clean house.
3. Sleep training
"The Baby Whisperer" is an amazing book that I've read after Hugo was born and it literally saved me! It gave me an approach to how to teach your baby to sleep for much longer period of time, without leaving your child to cry himself to sleep.
4. Sleep swap with mummy friends
Did you think of sleep swap with your friends? One day you look after their kids and your friend sleeps and other way around. It is really amazing way how to catch up on that sleep and kids still have fun!
5. Go to bed early
The biggest obstacle I had to face is to go to bed earlier! I always used to sit with my husband and just have a chat until midnight and then when I go to bed one of the kids would wake up and this is how I felt I had no sleep. Just make sure you go to bed earlier and it will make a huge difference to your life and the day after!
6. Cold Shower
Cold shower helps your circulation and straight away you feel fresher and awake.
7. Share lie-ins or night shifts
Share with your partner night shifts, one night you, one night him to look after the baby. It is their baby too :) This worked so well with me and my husband. It kept me sane!
8. Go outside on the fresh air
Stepping outside where there is fresh air and natural daylight will make you more alert and is a good distraction.
9. Exercise and eating well
This can be very challenging as you have no energy and patience to think of your food and exercise at this time in your life. But it does make a difference. Think of having endless coffees and to increase just water intake. Keep meals simple and quick. Think to have more protein and veggies on your plate and before you grab a cake or biscuits, get yourself fruit, if that will satisfy your cravings.
Exercise wise, walking is a great way of keeping active, pilates and yoga will be kind to your body or you can find a local post natal or baby group where you can come and exercise with your baby/child, so you don't have to worry about childcare.
If you are local, you are more then welcome to come and join my Mums & Kids exercise class, you can read more info here. We are starting a new block on the October 27.
Please leave your comments under this blog how you are dealing with sleep deprivation. I would like to hear tips that work for you!
Also it would be amazing if you could share this post with your other mummy friends.
Have a good day!
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