It’s National Sleep Awareness Week and I’m very aware that I’m not sleeping! My little boo had a cold and stayed up through the entire night Tuesday. She woke up multiple times during the night every night this week in fact. I went to work feeling like a zombie…
After talking with a few moms just last weekend, I know I am not the only one functioning on a few hours of sleep a night. Moms with newborn babies often have it even worse. I find comfort in the fact that the sleepless nights as a result of a newborn or baby sleep habits eventually passes. In the meantime, what is a mom to do?
This Sunday we will “spring forward” for the Daylight Savings Time change. Yes, we will lose 1-hour of sleep.
As working moms, 1 less hour of sleep is all we need! Well, the transition is not all that bad, but for those mornings that follow a rough night with your little one, I am sharing my Sleep Deprivation Tool kit once again. You never know when you may need this!
I added a new tip to the list this year…. Flats!
Flat or Comfortable Shoes
It takes much less energy to walk the office in flat, comfy shoes, especially when you are tired. Practice wearing flat shoes when you are not up to par. Your feet will thank you!
A cool splash of water first thing in the morning dilates the vessels of your skin and shrinks pores. It will refresh your pretty face and that cold splash will wake you up right away, too.
Keep a stash in the freezer (the larger sized flower shaped or flat teethers work best for this step). Pull one out, wrap with a light cloth or napkin and apply to your puffy eye. You can always use two, applying one to each eye so you save some time. Cool cucumber slices on your eyes can also do the trick to reduce puffiness.
Get The Red Out
Bloodshot eyes? If you are a fan of Visine or Clear Eyes, you can add a drop or two to each eye. Bright, white eyes give you an alert and awake look even when you are sleeping at your desk with your eyes open. Don’t forget to read the labels on these products to better understand the side effects before using.
A more natural approach to get the red out includes the cool cucumber slices on the eyes or soak a cloth in warm chamomile tea (wring out excess fluid) and place on your closed eyes. Let the warm feeling sooth your eyes for a few minutes and then repeat if needed. Don’t rub your eyes!
A few dabs of concealer under your eyes as part of your make-up regimen will also diminish the look of grey circles. It’s worth the time and money to visit your favorite make-up counter at the mall and get the expert opinion regarding a color match that suits your complexion. A concealer that is too light may add to the tired look you are trying to “conceal.”
Hydrate Your Body
It’s good for a cool splash on your face, now fill up your glass for a drink of water. Hydrate in the morning! Sometimes this step is hard to do early in the morning but a glass of water will help kick start your day from the inside. Add in a cup of coffee or tea and you’ll be ready to go in no time!
While the mornings are tough and the puffy eyes remain a constant on my face, I can’t help but imagine that one day I will achieve the 8-hour night of sleep again. With my “toolkit” in hand and a splash of cool water on my face, I am ready for the corporate day that lies ahead.
What do you do to look revived after a sleepless night?
In case you missed my interview with Dr. Steven Lamm of The View, CLICK HERE to learn more about this topic and hear some suggestions provided just for moms!