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Coping With Sleep Deprivation
All new parents need more sleep. Here's some tips on how to know if you've crossed the line from tired to suffering from sleep depravation and suggestions on how to cope. Nothing is going to cure you faster then more sleep but we all know with a new babe in the home its easier said then done.
You routinely roll over and fall back to sleep when your alarm goes off in the morning.
You feel groggy and lethargic after waking up in the morning and struggle to stay awake during the day.
Long meetings, overheated rooms, and heavy meals make you very drowsy.
You're more accident-prone or come close to nodding off while driving.
You have a hard time concentrating on important tasks at work
You're increasingly grumpy and irritable
You have a hard time completing simple tasks.
You start to laugh manically
You fall asleep sitting up
You begin to stutter and become incoherent (when you hit this point you need a baby sitter NOW if its at all possible)
Try and get out of bed the same time everyday for work. Turn the radio up and just do it.
If your breast feeding drink lots of ice water it refreshes you. If your not three words LOTS OF COFFEE
Nap whenever you can
Get lots of fresh cool air when you need to stay awake
At work do the most challenging tasks first
If your female wear lots of dresses so you don't need to worry about pants and shirts that match.
simplify your routine
If you can afford it spend the extra money to hire some household help
Except help from family and friends when offered