Has your little one taken over your sleep schedule? The answer is probably yes and of course, any new parents could use a couple of extra sleep hours. Therefore to help reduce the fatigue and get the most of those precious limited hours, here are some tactics to introduce into your daily habits:
1) Synchronise sleep. Time is slipping through your hands, you can’t seem to have a grasp on it, and the relation between time and activities to perform is a struggle when a newborn is in the picture. Learn to slow down and let go of unnecessary tasks, instead, increase your rest amount and sleep whenever your baby sleeps. Sleep is linked to emotional and physical health, don’t take it for granted.
2) Quit your smartphone. Smartphones and other electronic devices emit blue light, which is harmful because the “exposure to light suppresses the secretion of melatonin, a hormone that influences circadian rhythms, and there’s some experimental evidence that lower melatonin levels might be linked to cancer” (Harvard University, 2018). The circadian rhythm is our internal clock that is in charge of our sleep cycles, therefore try to avoid using it before bedtime.