How to tackle new mum tiredness
In just 24 hours we show you how to beat your mum tiredness
There’s nothing quite like tiredness to stop anyone in their tracks and when you’re a new mum you just don’t have time to stop, so we’ve put together these handy tips to show you how to beat tired in just 24 hours.
1. Get cold!
Lovely as it is basking in the warm water of the shower in the morning, kick start your circulation by blasting a shock of cold water to really help you wake up and get ready for the day ahead. Sounds harsh but really does work!
2. Glug gallons of water
Tiredness is a sign of dehydration and water is the healthy, cheap choice for stopping tiredness in its tracks, so get guzzling.
3. Fill the fridge with the right foods
We’re all guilty of grabbing the heavy carb and saturated fat snacks when we’re tired hoping it will give us a boost, but the reality is that it has the opposite effect and can fuel those feelings of weariness and tiredness. So, if they’re not there, you can’t eat them, right? Fill the fridge with fibre rich, protein and polyunsaturated fats that do have the desired effect as they release energy slowly to help you get through the day. Think fruit, vegetables and hummus, seeds or nuts that you can grab on the go.
4. Pull your hair (Yes really!)
This may sound really odd, but if you gently tug the roots of your hair the nerve endings are stimulated and you’ll actually start to feel more awake…try it!
5. Snooze – but not for long
While little one is down for an afternoon snooze, if you feel yourself drifting off, take a second to set an alarm on your phone for around 15-20 minutes, OK you may not feel it’s long enough, but trust us, any longer and you’ll fall into a deeper sleep which will make you feel groggy when you wake and be harder to snap out of. A shorter nap will revive you enough to get on with your day.
6. Drink well before bed
The better night’s sleep you have, the better prepared you are for the next day so make sure you avoid stimulants before bed such as caffeine and fizzy drinks. If you like herbal teas, a calming chamomile is a great choice, but either way steer clear of caffeine after 6pm. One or two caffeinated drinks like tea or coffee can boost your energy and alertness but six or more can leave you feeling irritable and anxious even!
7. Leave the troubles of the day behind
Before bed, try and leave any stresses of the day behind so you can sleep soundly. Whether this is letting it all out to your partner or friend or writing down all the things on your mind. Whatever works for you, get it out so you can have a clear mind to get the best sleep you can, ready to do it all over again tomorrow.