We all know most of us moms aren’t getting enough sleep. Between kids, work, cooking, house chores, husbands and a little time carved out for ourselves, we are very short on time in our lives. Our total sleep hours may be shortened or our sleep may be of poor quality, and it’s leaving us tired and less productive.
Being a mom to both a newborn and a one-and-a-half-year-old, I know tiredness well! Here are a few tactics I have used that are effective and might allow you a little more shut-eye.
Set a specific bedtime for yourself. Many people have no idea what time they should go to sleep in order to feel well rested. Be realistic! If you have to wake up at 7:00 a.m., staying awake until 1:30 a.m. each night is unlikely to give you enough sleep. Try to determine how many hours you need and work towards that number each night.
Make your room very dark. Shut the blinds and block out the lights from your computer, clock, phone, etc. Even the tiny light from a digital alarm clock can disrupt a sleep cycle.
Stretch. A study showed that women who were having trouble sleeping fared much better when they stretched four times a week.
Keep your bedroom a little chilly. A cooler room helps facilitate a drop in core body temperature to help you fall asleep.
If your mind is racing with worry, make a list of everything you need to do the next day. This really works for me. I can make myself crazy fretting that I’m going to forget to do something important; if I make a list, I can relax.
Exercise. Studies suggest that people who exercise fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer – and this is particularly true for people who have trouble sleeping.
An hour before bedtime, avoid anything that requires alert thinking. I try to stop myself from checking my emails before I go to bed, because it wakes me up.
What strategies have you used to get more sleep and stress less?
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