Mom needs a bedtime routine, too

Mom needs a bedtime routine, too

We all know the basics of what we’re supposed to be doing to get a good night’s sleep, so why don’t we do it? Because sleep isn’t a priority? Well, it should be.

If you are often sleep deprived, you’re increasing your risks for all kinds of physical and mental health problems and probably shaving off a few years of your life, too.

As a Mom, you’ve probably carefully crafted a bedtime routine to get your kids relaxed and sleepy, so why don’t you have one for yourself? Bedtime shouldn’t be collapsing into bed right after completing your last task of the day; it should include a block of time, before finally getting under the covers, that prepares your body and mind for sleep.

In these modern times of stimulation bombardment, your body needs a little help to do something it’s already hard wired to do. Exercise, lots of light and eating heavier meals earlier in the day are daytime rituals that help use up all that energy you replenished overnight. After the kids go to bed, it’s time for your own wind-down, zero-stress activity, in dim light, before or after a hot or cold shower depending on the season. And when you’re ready to slip between the sheets, try these tips to help you sleep better:

  • Turn off all electronics in the room
  • Wear ear plugs if you are easily disturbed
  • Count backwards slowly from 100
  • Visualize something peaceful

You may not need as much sleep as others, but you do need to iron out a regular routine for yourself so your body can reboot properly and begin the new day refreshed. Don’t get frustrated if it doesn’t work right away, give yourself time to adjust because the benefits will be well worth the effort and will make those inevitably days when you’re exhausted much more bearable.

What techniques to get better sleep work best for you?

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