Today is #worldsleepday and one thing parents generally don’t get much of is… sleep! Whether you have a baby or a toddler the days of 12 hours sleep a night have gone.
Over the years I have found a few ways to help get through the days where you just want to stay in bed (but for obvious reasons can’t), so here are my 10 top tips for sleep deprived parents…
1) Sleep when the baby sleeps
This is something we are told when babies are very young, but if you have a toddler who is keeping you up at night but still naps in the day, try and get a quick power nap in to help you get through the afternoon. It can feel difficult to do if you have lots to do around the house but you’ll be much more productive if you’ve had a little rest.
I am genuinely not sure what I would do without coffee, especially on days when I am really tired! If you’ve had a bad night grab a coffee if you need it to get going – my favourite is nespresso, our machine has had a lot of use!
3) Fresh air
There is something about a walk and fresh air that makes everything feel better. I try and get outside every day if I can, even if it’s raining as fresh air just improves everyone’s mood and wakes you up!
4) Eat well
If you’re feeling exhausted the first thing you might be tempted to eat is carbs – it’s a comfort thing, isn’t it? However, a big bowl of pasta at lunchtime will make you feel even more lethargic in the afternoon. Try and have something lighter like a wrap or soup and you’ll feel so much better!
5) Go to bed early
If you have an early riser (like we do) go to bed early, or take it in turns with your partner. If you go to bed at 9pm and they wake up at 5am it’ll feel a lot easier than if you’ve been up a lot later.
6) Get help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Ask family or friends to watch them while you nap, if you’re struggling with their sleep patterns see if there is any advice on local Facebook groups. You’ll be surprised at the help you can find.
7)Have a shower
This always wakes me up and makes me feel so much better!
8) Drink loads of water
I find being dehydrated makes me feel even more sluggish, so grab a bottle and remember to drink, you’ll feel a lot better for it.
9) Don’t delay getting up, get up and get going
On the days where I lay in bed trying to nap while the little ones play around me I feel so much worse when I eventually get up. If you can force yourself to get up and get cracking with something you’ll feel better for it. It always amazes me how much I can get done before 7am!!
10) Be kind to yourself
On the days where you’re feeling shattered be kind to yourself as well. Think about your plans and what you really have to do. Some things may be able to wait for another day so you can take it a bit easier.
What are your tips to help on days when little ones haven’t slept well?