How to fake a good night’s sleep
Fake a good nights sleep

The baby and the cat have been conspiring to rob me of my precious sleep, I’m sure of it.

“You wake her up at 4am tonight, OK?” says the baby.

“Nah, girl, I’m tiiiiired,” yawns the cat. “I was up till 5.30am this morning scratching the foot of the bed, and I had two slippers and a pillow thrown at me. I need some rest. You just need to wail for a nanosecond and she’ll jump right out of bed. You do it!”

If this ridiculous scenario makes any sense to you, we’re in the same boat. Here are my top 10 tips for faking it ’til you make it … to that elusive eight-hour-a-night nirvana you vaguely remember from your pre-parenting days. Sighhhhhh …

1. Get some sun

A review of several studies in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience found that bright light increases the production of serotonin, the chemical that regulates mood, so go out on your balcony to read the paper rather than skulking to the kitchen for an industrial-sized cup of coffee.

2. Go for a walk

If want to kill two birds with one stone, head out for a walk to get your dose of sunlight. A study published inPsychological Bulletin in 2006 found that exercise boosts energy and fights fatigue more effectively than a nap.

 3. Just say no to cronuts

When we’re exhausted, we often reach for sugary foods for a quick energy fix. “That’s not a good idea because high-sugar, high-fat meals will make your energy peak and dip throughout the day”, says accredited practicing dietitian Dr Trent Watson. Start the day off on the right foot with a healthy breakfast containing a balance of whole grains and protein, such as a slice of wholemeal toast topped with peanut butter and sliced banana.

4. Stay hydrated

Even mild dehydration can cause fatigue, headaches and difficulty concentrating, according to a study conducted at the University of Connecticut. These effects are “substantially greater” in women than men, so go easy on the caffeine and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

5. Fake a rested face

Splash some cool water on your face to wake yourself up and reduce eye puffiness. Apply moisturiser followed by a sheer, dewy foundation to even out your skin tone. Dab concealer under your eyes to hide those dark circles and use a bit of rosy blush on your cheekbones to brighten up your face. Do the rest of your make-up as you normally would, but don’t go too heavy on the eye make-up or you could end up looking even more worn-out.

6. Have a nap

A midday kip might remain in the realm of fantasy if you have work or other obligations to attend to, but try to nap when your baby naps if you’re at home. Researchers at Flinders University in Adelaide found that 10 minutes is all you need to feel revitalised, so don’t worry about that pile of washing – it’ll be there when you wake up.

This article was written by Sabrina Rogers-Anderson for Kidspot.com.au and has been adapted for Kidspot.co.nz

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