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3 Energy Sources for New Parents

By Genevieve Cunningham

Being a new parent is so hard. As much as we wish that they would, babies simply won't stick to a schedule. This means that new parents often go with very little, if any, sleep at all. While we all know that this phase will pass, it's definitely hard while you're in the middle of it. If you are a new parent with a little one at home, take a look at these energy sources that can keep you going.

More Water

People truly underestimate the importance and power of water. Dehydration can cause big problems in your life, and one of these is excessive fatigue. When you're already dealing with a lack of sleep, the last thing you need is to be dehydrated. Go ahead and increase your water intake to see if it helps. Chances are good that even if it doesn't solve your energy problem, it will give you a much needed boost to help you get through each day.

Power Naps

When you don't get eight hours of sleep at night, power naps are so important. A power nap is a small nap that lasts anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. While that may not seem like much time, it's actually enough to help you recharge your batteries and gain back a little bit of energy. If possible, get as many power naps as you can through this first little bit, and you'll feel a lot better when baby finally gets a sleeping schedule.

Long Walks

Long walks are good for two things when you have a new baby at home. For starters, walking helps your body produce endorphins and adrenaline, two things that can help you gain back a little bit of energy. But walking is also good for putting your baby to sleep. Put your infant in a stroller and get moving. Chances are good that the rhythm will help your baby fall asleep, and this can help you get some quiet rest, which may be almost as good as quality sleep.

Getting sleep with a new baby at home almost seems impossible, but with a little bit of knowledge and a little bit of patience, you'll make it through the newborn phase with a little bit of energy and some of your sanity intact. Use these tips to increase your energy level, and it'll make the process easier and more enjoyable for everyone involved.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Santa Monica, Calif.

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