1. Make rest a priority
This is one of the hardest things for new mums to do but resting during the day will lessen the effects of sleep deprivation and improve the quality of your sleep at night. It's always too easy to say "I'll just tidy this room. I'll just get some chores done." And before you know it, baby is awake and needing your attention again. But it's important that you stop and rest; sometimes even a break of 5–10 minutes can be sufficient to enable the body to renew energy physically and mentally. Drink a glass of water or eat a piece of fruit, stretch, breathe deeply from your diaphragm, lie down, close your eyes, listen to music or nothing at all. Use the time to recharge physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.