Are You Sleep Deprived?

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  • If you find yourself nodding off at inappropriate times, you may want to use some natural pick-me-ups to get you through. Citrus scents like lemon and orange are energizing; use essential oils in these scents to help kick-start your day. Caffeine isn't generally recommended, but in a pinch, a cup of coffee won't hurt you, especially if you have to be alert enough to competently complete an important task or safely drive a car.
  • Be wise about what you eat. Many new mothers experience appetite changes following the birth of their baby. Your appetite may have waned or you might still be riding the wave of your pregnancy cravings straight to the local pizza place. Whatever the case may be, taking control of your diet may help you handle sleep deprivation. Make sure you're getting a good balance of protein and carbohydrates. Try not to rely on sugary treats for fuel; they'll make you feel energetic briefly, but then you'll crash and feel more drained than before.
  • Drink plenty of water. This may seem like the answer to everything these days, but it really does do wonders for your body. It flushes out toxins and helps boost a lagging immune system.
  • Don't pressure yourself to sleep. If you want to sleep when your baby does, but you have trouble falling asleep in the middle of the day, just rest. Sit or lie down, do some simple meditation, look through a magazine. You may find that you can nod off after all, but if not, at least you've had some quiet time.
  • Looking Ahead To (Hopefully) More Restful Nights

    With help, support and a positive attitude, you can tough out the sleep-deprivation phase. Your baby will fall into a less challenging sleep pattern within a few months of birth.