Whether parents are about to welcome a new baby to the family or have a couple of teenagers, sleep tends to take a back seat. That is okay in the short-term. However, over time, that can become a major problem. After all, being sleep deprived leads to a person not performing at his/her best, and that is the last thing an all-star parent wants.
How can parents get more sleep, though? Sleeping for eight hours a night isn't exactly the easiest task of all time when a parent is trying to juggle a job and, well, parenting.
Whether you are new to the parenting game or have been at it for quite some time, here are some tips when it comes to getting more sleep. Use them to your advantage, parents.
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How Parents Can Get More Sleep
- Sleep When Your Baby Sleeps
- Catch Up On Sleep When You Have Free Time
- Implement Shifts With Your Loved One
- Don't Bite Off More Than You Can Chew
Sleep When Your Baby Sleeps
It might be easier said than done, but if your baby is keeping you up all night, then get that rest in when your baby sleeps. Of course, you might think you should be doing chores, work or things along those lines when your baby is sleeping, and you might have to.
However, you can't do tasks well if you are a walking zombie, which is why you should be trying to sleep whenever you can. You, of course, can't sleep when your baby is awake for obvious reasons (you have to take care of your baby), so try and get in mini-naps when your baby is doing the same thing.
If you can swing it, this might be the No. 1 option when it comes to parents getting more sleep.
Catch Up On Sleep When You Have Free Time
Going to the gym, cleaning the house and knocking out work is very important, but so is your sleep. Therefore, if you have some free time during the day, use said free time to take a nap.
Of course, this is more geared toward people who don't have to go to an office.
When you are a parent, your No. 1 priority is your child. Therefore, you should spend all of your free time (or at least a good portion of it) doing things for said child. Yes, sleep falls under that category.
Implement Shifts With Your Loved One
When you are looking after a newborn, you are likely going to be up at odd times during the night. After all, your baby is going to wake you up. Instead of being the hero who wakes up at 4 a.m. every single night, split hero duties with your loved one by implementing shifts.
For example, you take care of the baby on Monday night and your loved one takes care of the baby on Tuesday night. Then repeat that routine. You don't have to follow that exact example.
Everyone has different schedules, but if you and your loved one plans on getting the most amount of sleep, implementing shifts is a great option.
Don't Bite Off More Than You Can Chew
This is the case no matter who you are, or what your profession might be. Do not bite off more than you can chew.
For example, if you know your baby is going to keep you up all night, then don't volunteer for an extra project at work. Not only will you likely lose sleep as a result of volunteering for an extra project, but you might not do a good job if you are spending a good amount of time taking care of your baby.
Remember, your No. 1 priority is raising a child, and it needs to stay that way until said child starts to get older. The parenting doesn't necessarily get easier, but your duties might.
If you are sleep deprived and can't handle waking up with the baby every single night, then, as stated above, implement shifts with your loved one. Know your limits, and don't bite off more than you can chew.