Are you sleep deprived? Do you feel like a walking zombie? Sleep deprivation is a period in most new parents lives when you literally begin craving a few hours of straight sleep. The lack of sleep required for the body to operate and function normally can be detrimental to your health. Sleep deprivation is serious, and can cause weight gain, stress, along with poor decision making. There are MANY reasons a new parent may suffer from sleep deprivation, but you’d be surprised to know that it is not all of the time the new addition keeping you up. See these 5 Tips below, that you must incorporate into your winding down routine, to assure that YOUR body and mind is prepared for bed.
- No Caffiene after 3pm.
- Follow the same bedtime each night
- Lower lights, noise, and stimulation
- Do not check emails, surf the web, or anything computer related a few hours before
- Try to meditate- clearing your mind of all thoughts, and activities of the day
I also ran across an article from Parents.com that has additional tips. Again, this is about you, the parent, not sleep training for the baby. If you find that you are unable to put these practices in place, due to a new baby, phone in help from a relative, friend, or us! Everyone deserves a night of solid, uninterrupted sleep, even if it’s just one to two nights per week, you will find a couple of nights sleep can go a long way. There are also experts, including some on the Metro Parent Relief nanny, sleep training lists that can help with incorporating healthy sleep habits for baby, should that be a reason for your sleep deprivation. Our expert nannies, and night nannies, can help you get the sleep you need, to be the best parent you can be!
Check out the Parents.com article attached. Sleep is just as important for you, the parent, as it is for baby.
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