We all worry that our kids will sleep, but once that happens (as rare as it is) and all of your kids are sleeping through the night, it is important for YOU to get your rest, too!
Here are 6 tips to help Mom get a good night’s sleep.
1- Finish your to-do list.
You will be up all night thinking about what you have to do if you don’t just do it. If you don’t have time to finish it, at least make a REAL list, on paper, not in your head. Just writing it down on paper or on a calendar is a huge weight off of my shoulders because I don’t have to ‘remember’ anymore- I can just look and see what needs to be done… or your night will look like this:
2- Wear socks to bed.
It is really hard for me to do this, but Dr. Oz said that it helps people sleep better… who knew? So, try it… get your shower, put on your comfy PJ’s and a pair of socks and hop into that bed.
Ps- I always put socks on our baby, ever since I watched that episode. (The logic behind it is that when our feet are cold, we don’t sleep as well.)
3- Eat a light snack about an hour before bed.
Don’t follow my lead on this one because I eat Breyer’s Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream before bed, every night… not sure that I can consider that light in terms of calories, but it is light in terms of greasiness in food (compared to say… leftovers.) I’ve been doing it for twenty years and when the kid’s all sleep through the night… I sleep great. haha!
4- Turn off the night lights.
In our house, we have night lights in the hall way, in the bathrooms, in the kid’s bedrooms. I just can not sleep when they are on, so I have started taking the ones out of the hallway and shutting the bathroom door (leaving it open just a crack). The darkness makes it so much easier to sleep!
5- Go to bed with a book instead of TV.
I can tell you that when I go to bed with a book and NOT electronics, I fall asleep so much faster. Pick up a novel or read the bible as you lay in bed. Give yourself a limit and then close your book and go to sleep.
6- Get a great mattress.
This is a no-brainer, but it needs to be said. I sleep so much better ever since I got my new mattress at Havertys earlier this year.
All in all- a good nights sleep is a must! Do what you can & get some shut-eye! Sweet Dreams!