Sleep is essential to everything we do but it’s sadly usually the first thing to go when our lives get busy. I have some bad habits of my own when it comes to making sleep a priority. I think we all tend to do that as moms. We get busy and think that sleep can wait. The problem with that is without sleep everything else we do is a struggle. We start running on empty.
There’s a very clear difference in my mood, energy level, and ability to think coherently when I get enough sleep. Being pregnant with twins makes my own bad habits even more obvious at the moment. The other day I actually fell asleep while in the middle of a conversation with my kids.
That’s not okay.
There are very few of us that couldn’t do with a bit (or a lot) of extra sleep. The question is, how in the world do you find time to sleep more when your life is running at 100 miles per hour?
These easy tips will help you sleep more and you’ll be amazed at what a difference it will make in every area of your life.
Start your Bedtime Routine an Hour Earlier
One of the biggest thief of sleep in my house is that we start our bedtime routine too late and by then everyone is overly tired so things take 3 times as long. With my kids getting to bed later, my me-time starts later and I loose sleep. That doesn’t work.
Start your bedtime routine an hour earlier and you’ll have much happier kids to work with. If you finish early, let your kids hang out and read in their pajamas for a bit. You can relax knowing everything is already done.
Go to Bed 15 Minutes Earlier
15 minutes may not seem like a lot of time but it can really add up. I have a hard time falling asleep when I force myself to go to bed much earlier than my usual late night bedtime but 15 minutes I can do. Just think of how much you love your snooze button in the morning . . . wouldn’t you love to give yourself an extra 15 minutes then?
Find Time for a 30 Minute Power Nap
I’m not much of a napper. Some days you really just need a little something more to make it through everything on your to-do list. Sleep Genius is an app that has a great little power nap feature that will help you fall asleep fast (or at least lull you into a sleep-like state) and gently wake you up at the end of your power nap. Just be sure and avoid napping for longer than 30 minutes or you are likely to be drowsy and your nap will do more harm than good.
Lay out Clothes the Night Before
Can you do any prep work the night before so that you can sleep in an extra 15 minutes in the morning? Laying out your clothes for the next day or showering at night instead of in the morning can buy you some extra time to sleep in. I’ve delegated as much of my my kids’ morning routine over to them so cut down on the things I need to do in the morning. It not only saves me time but helps them learn to be responsible, a trait I’m hoping will carry over into their teen and adult years.
Set a Bedtime Alarm
Most of us use an alarm to wake up in the morning but the time you go to sleep at night is just as important, perhaps more so because it affects your health. Try setting an alarm to remind you when to start your bedtime routine at night and another alarm reminding you when it’s time to stop procrastinating and go to bed.
What is one simple way you can get more sleep? Is there something you can cut out that would get you in bed earlier?
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