getting a good night sleep is important for your body and mind to function. Sometimes getting to sleep is a challenging especially as moms. Being sleep deprived as a mom is apart of motherhood.
However, it is important to make sure that we are taking care of ourselves by getting enough sleep. Which I know is easier said than done.
If you are having a hard time getting your body and mind to relax try some of these tricks below.
1. Set Your Alarm At The Same Time Every Morning
When the weekend hits sleeping in seems like a no-brainer. Maybe you’ve had a long busy week and you think staying in bed a bit longer will help you to catch up on the sleep you missed during the week.
However, that isn’t the case. If you have a set time during the week keep to the same time even on the weekend. Sleeping in throws off your body’s schedule and makes you feel groggy the next morning.
Getting good sleep starts by keeping the same sleep schedule every day.
“SLEEP IS THE BEST MEDITATION -DALAI LAMA”
2. Stretching Before Bed
Doing deep and relaxing stretches before bed relieves aches and helps to calm your body. If you have an active mind-stretching and medication is a great way to calm your mind and body.
3. No Naps
There are those days where you are so exhausted and just need to take”quick” nap but, how often are naps quick. Taking naps can actually keep you awake longer at night and make it difficult to fall asleep.
Now if you are having a hard time keeping your eyes open when taking a nap can help you get through the rest of the day. But make sure to set an alarm for thirty minutes to an hour max so than at night you can actually fall asleep.
4. Read A Book
Put down the phone and grab a good book to read. Reading is a wonderful way to relax and power down after a hectic day.
Reading often can make someone fall asleep or make them drowsy. Read a book that won’t get your mind thinking although those books are great, however, when you are trying to fall asleep you want a book that calms you.
Take this moment. Relax your shoulders. Relax your jaw. Inhale slow. Exhale slower. Soften your gaze. Now be Just be.
5. Take A Warm Bath
Warm water is so relaxing. Turning off the lights, lite some candles, throw in a bath bomb or bath salt is a great way to get your body and mind relaxed. Don’t worry if you don’t have a tub, showers can do the trick also. Try adding some of your favorite essential oil smells like lavender.
If you have never tried meditation give it a try. There are so many videos you can listen to on YouTube that will walk you through a meditation session.
Meditating helps calm the body and the mind and gets you focused on your breathing. It allows you to clear your mind, let go of any frustrations of your day and any stress that you are carrying to allow your body to relax and drift off to sleep.
7. Go To Bed Once Kids Are Down
This one is not the easiest. Once the kids are in bed you more often than not want to finish up your to-do list. Doing so is not a bad thing! but, if your body is needing the sleep (which most of us moms need). It is okay to hit the hay early.
It is hard to function on a glass half empty. Making sure you are getting enough sleep is vital!
8. Sleep In A Cool Room
When you are sweating under your covers it makes for a very restless night. Open a window or have a fan on in your room so that it is cool and comfortable. Having a cool room can help you sleep deeper and get the rest that your body needs.
When our bedroom is too hot I am tossing, turning, throwing covers off and then on. Then during the day, I am exhausted, anxious, moody and not the calm happy mom I could have been if I got better sleep.
If you are finding yourself not sleeping well at night try turning the AC down a little bit for a cooler bedroom!
9. Check Your Pillow
Your pillow should correctly support your head and neck. If you are constantly waking up with a crick in your neck than it is time for a new pillow.
It is amazing that something so simple can improve your sleep. You may have to try a few pillows until you find the right one just for you!
Sleep is important for anyone. Not getting enough sleep can really affect the function of your body and brain. It is important to make sure you are getting enough sleep even as a mom.
If you need. Have someone watch your kids while you take a nap or if your kids still take naps then you could take a nap as well. Which 20-30 minute snoozes can make a HUGE difference! If you are relying on a lot of caffeine to get you through the day it may start to affect your health.
It may be tough in the start. But try new things to help you get better sleep through the night. Because if momma ain’t happy ain’t no buddy happy!
What is one tip from this list that you are going to try today? Let me know in the comments below!