- Take naps whenever possible. I am able to take a nap 3-4 days a week. These nap times don't always leave me feeling refreshed right away, but I think the extra sleeps helps in the long run. I try not to take the nap too late in the afternoon or I have trouble falling asleep at night...which is the last thing I need!! Along the same vein, don't sleep too long. Too long will be different for each person...learn how long is too long and don't go over it!
- Keep yourself moving during the day. The more active you are the less you notice your fatigue. I don't know about you, but if I sit down for too long I feel like never getting back up! You don't want to do anything too strenuous, but just keep yourself moving.
- Sit and rest for SHORT periods of time. This may seem opposite to the one above, but you do need to sit and rest periodically. Just make sure you get back up again!! Give yourself a set number of minutes or activities to complete (like a certain number of blogs to check out!!)...then get up and get moving.
- Drink lots of water. Dehydration adds to your fatigue...so drink plenty of water. I can really tell a difference when I neglect this. As a nursing Mom, it's doubly important.
- Eat several small meals throughout the day. Try to make these healthy!!! (Although, I think it is totally O.K. to splurge with some chocolate!! A girl needs her chocolate). It's important to keep that blood sugar level so you don't crash...cause remember what happens when we sit down for long periods of time!
- Think before you speak. I don't know about anyone else, but when I'm dealing with lack of sleep I get GRUMPY. I yell at the kids...snap at my husband...I'm just not pleasant to be around. I've really been trying hard to control these outbursts. It's not fair to take my lack of sleep out on my family.
- Cut yourself some slack. You may not be able to do everything you would like to do. Don't feel guilty about it! This is a season in your life...and it will pass!! Don't let people guilt you into to taking on more then you can handle. You may have to take a break from some activities for awhile.
- If your sleep deprivation is because of a baby...enjoy your little one. It's really hard to savor those precious moments with a newborn when you are so sleep deprived, but try!!! They are so fleeting...they grow so fast in these first few months. That's why I take lots of pictures! Even if I can't remember everything, hopefully they'll jog my memory.
Those are my best tips. Do you have any to share? Please...share them!!! (Oh...if none of this makes any sense...I blame it on the baby haze!!).