5 Ways Moms Can get a Better Nights Sleep

As a toddler mom myself, I know how difficult it can be to get a full night’s sleep, let alone a GOOD night’s sleep. With little ones around, sleep is in short supply and what you can get should be as peaceful as possible. To offset the daily chaos, here are five ways to get a better night’s sleep.

Put the Phone Down

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Checking your email, or scrolling through Facebook or Instagram right before bed can be incredibly detrimental to our sleep patterns. Does that stop us? No. But it’s important to note that the blue light from your cell phone can severely impact our deep sleep and stimulate our brains, which causes us to wake up more tired than we were. Overstimulating ourselves by watching TV, checking emails, and scrolling social media tells the body that it is time to be awake, so put the electronics away.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Write down your worries. Keeping a notebook next to the bed to jot your to-do list helps get those pesky reminders out of your head and onto paper so you can just relax. Meditation can be helpful here as well. Use it to breathe deep and clear your mind, readying your body for sleep.

Create a Sleeping Haven

Decluttering, or cleaning your space up, can really help create a calming atmosphere set up for sleep. Make sure the temperature is right for your sleep habits and that the air quality is clean and free of allergens. If the air smells musty, it might be time to have an HVAC professional come service your system and make any needed repairs and installations. This is probably not a time for DIY-ing your HVAC system, because you don’t want to take a chance on air quality.

Actively Changing Your Routine

Start by getting active during the day. Most moms’ daily routines and exercise plans go out the window with a small addition to the family. Staying active will help alleviate stress and tire your mind and body out. It’s a good idea to avoid afternoon caffeine infusions also, so as not to overstimulate yourself when it’s time for sleep. Try to go to sleep at the same time every day so your body learns when to start shutting down.

Invest in Your Sleep

It’s hard to admit it, but if all else fails, it could be time to invest in a new mattress. There is some amazing technology out there that wasn’t on the market when you bought your bed, you know, before kids, and could go a long way to helping get some shut-eye.

Sleep is necessary to live and recharges your mind and body, so it’s no surprise that sleep is so essential. Pinpointing WHY you can’t get enough sleep is a must. Following the above advice should help, but remember, if all else fails, put daddy on duty!

 

 

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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