I had a friend who used to say he wished he didn't need sleep because it was a waste of time. Thanks but no thanks. I love my sleep. I need my sleep! Few things make me quite as happy a lying my head on my pillow at night. (sigh)
Unfortunately, I just don't sleep like I used to anymore.
Let me rephrase that, I don't sleep as much as I used to but when I sleep, I sleep. It's probably a good thing my son and I co-slept for the first 18 months or so, otherwise, he would probably have been left to cry for quite awhile before I would hear him.
Maybe life would be easier if we didn't need sleep but we do. It's a crucial part of our health and well-being. Although, I don't have issues with sleeping once I am sleeping, I do have issues with not going to sleep early enough or taking awhile to unwind when I attempt to go to sleep earlier. And I know I'm not the only that struggles with getting some zzz's!
Sleep is a hot commodity for moms. We need to take advantage of whatever sleep we do get. Here are some tips to help you improve your sleep:
Have a consistent bedtime.
Going to be and waking up at the same(ish) time every day will help set your body clock. After awhile, your body will get used to your routine and will fall asleep more easily.
Exercise regularly & early in the day.
When you exercise on a regular basis, you will sleep better. However, exercising later in the day might keep you awake. I know for some of us exercise is just a dream but there are many ways for busy moms to squeeze in some exercise! (Check out this post from Mom Life Chronicles, on activities you can do with your kids that burn calories.)
Unplug from electronics.
The blue lights from electronics like computers, tv's, phones and tablets can slow down the production of melatonin, the hormone needed for sleep.
Dim the lights.
Dimming the lights in your home a couple of hours prior to going to bed will signal your brain to release melatonin. Basically, it will help you to unwind.
Get rid of your digital clock.
I can't actually remember the last time I had a digital clock in my room but if you have one, you may want to toss it or at least cover it. This will help keep your eyes off the clock and your head on the pillow.
Skip the alcohol.
There are several ways that drinking alcohol before bed can disrupt your sleep, especially if you drink more than a glass of wine. One reason being how quickly women metabolize alcohol.