Moms, Give Yourself the Gift of a Good Night’s Sleep

Good Nights SleepWhen your daily routine involves waking up early with your kids, putting in a full day at work, running errands, cooking dinner, and tucking everyone in to sleep before finally getting the chance to hit the pillow yourself, feeling fatigued seems unavoidable.

While a busy schedule may be a given, being exhausted shouldn’t be. Not getting consistent or enough sleep can affect your daytime functioning, including your ability to deal with unexpected, changing situations and distractions. It also impacts your capacity to evaluate risks. You want all of that in tip-top working order, which means you need restful sleep. These four small tips can have a big impact:

  1. Keep your room like a cave. You want it to be quiet, dark, and cool—somewhere between 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit is optimal for most people. Stay away from alarm clocks that give off a sleep-disrupting light.
  2. Go to sleep at the same time every night. Yes, even on the weekends. Yes, that can be difficult. However, it really will help keep your internal body clock on schedule.
  3. Set a sleep mood. Having a bedtime ritual can signal to your brain and body that it’s time to unwind. Maybe it’s drinking a cup of herbal tea, practicing a breathing exercise, or putting a hot water bottle at your feet. Find something relaxing to look forward to.
  4. Limit coffee consumption to the morning. Caffeine even six hours before bedtime was found to significantly hurt sleep in a recent study. Similarly, alcohol is a stimulant; it’s recommended that women have no more than one drink a day, and not too late in the evening.

If you’re struggling with sleep, see your doctor, who might refer you to a sleep specialist. Everyone deserves a night of sweet dreams.

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