8 tips for surviving sleep deprivation.
Sleep deprivation is a killer. You feel awful, look worse, have no patience, and it can drain the joy from your life.
I don’t think I’ve had a full nights sleep in over 9 years. I had awful pregnancy insomnia with my firstborn – who is nearly 9 (eek where did that time go?!).
I’ve co-slept with, and breastfed all my babies – my younger 3 all had lip ties which meant they could only feed laying down. This meant they mostly fed at night.
So, I’ve 9 years practice in survival.
Here’s what gets me through.
1. Keeping hydrated. I know, it’s a bit boring. But being dehydrated makes you feel dizzy, lightheaded and weak. Drinking plenty really helps. Have a bottle of water you can carry around to remind you.
2. Micro-sleeps. Sometimes, even with 4 young children there are moments of calm. Yes they are rare, but they happen. Use them! My children do not like seeing me asleep. But, if they’re all busy, I can put a blanket over my face -they don’t notice that for some reason, and catch a few zzzzzs. Note- I baby proofed my home long ago – always do that first.
3. Have a shower. Water is so restorative. Showers are full of negative ions, which have been found to help fatigue. Plus, it feels good to be clean. Have a lovely zingy aromatherapy shower gel to uplift you even more.
4. Drop your standards. If you’re too tired to tidy up, then don’t. And be kind to yourself. Your mental well being is far more important than a tidy house. If you can’t bear to sit in the mess, get a big broom, sweep everything into a corner and cover it up with a rug. This isn’t forever.
5. If you have the energy- get outside. Even if it’s just in your garden, or your back door step. Take ten deep breaths. Notice how good breathing deeply feels. It will also energise you.
6. If you’ve got friends and family, then invite them round. Nothing passes the time better than good company. Can they come over and help you get out the house, to the park, the woods, a cafe?
7. Food. Sleep deprivation makes you hungry. Try and remember to eat regularly. If you forget, then your body will crave the most energy high food possible- for me this was cake. I love cake (and would never say don’t eat cake!) but I ate too much, and in the long term this isn’t healthy.
8. Crystals – my favourite Crystals for energising me are
Citrine– it’s golden ray naturally uplifts and boosts your energy and mood,
Green Aventurine– has a happy, optimistic feel good energy,
Carnelian– gives you the motivation to get up and moving ,
Amethyst– has a mind calming energy- really helpful for that “wired” feeling,
Red Jasper – has a real physically supportive energy, strong and supportive,
Garnet– a really excellent Root Chakra stone that stimulates and regenerates your physical body,
Baltic Amber and it’s sunshine energy will always make you feel better.
I hope some of these ideas help you. You will get through the day, you always have, just like I did.
Lots of love
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