What to Do If You’re Having a Hard Time Sleeping
As a busy mom of a new baby or young child, there is a whole lot of time and effort spent on creating a sleep schedule for your little one. You go out of your way to ensure that schedule is adhered to and is healthy for your little one. So, what about yourself? Are you getting enough quality sleep each night? Do you find yourself tossing and turning all night long, only to find yourself feeling less than refreshed and awake in the morning?
Experts suggest that most people need about eight hours of sleep each night so that they can be in their best physical and mental health state, but the reality is that many people just aren't getting enough sleep. With lack of sleep comes lack of focus, attention, patience and energy. As a mom, that is a recipe for disaster since you need to be so active with your kids at all times. Here we’ll take a look at some tips that can help you get back on track with your sleep habits so you’re able to tackle the day in a more energized manner.
Create a Schedule and Stick with It
Just as you set a sleep schedule for your kids, adults need one as well. What this means is that you wake up and go to sleep at the same time each day, this includes weekdays and weekends. What this does is set the internal clock in your body so that it learns what time you are meant to be awake and when you are meant to be sleeping. If you don’t typically sleep in on a daily basis, which you likely don’t, then don’t make it a habit on the weekend either. Changes like that will throw off the entire schedule.
Adjust the Temperature in Your Room
You may also find it helpful to make small adjustments to the temperature in your room. Most people tend to sleep better if their room is a little cooler. You can always add an extra blanket to your bed if you’re feeling a bit chilled.
Make Your Room as Dark as Possible
It's hard to fall asleep if light is pouring in your window, even if it's streetlights and house lights. Blackout curtains are an excellent way to keep your room dark and serene.
Be Prepared for the End of Daylight Savings Time
Looking ahead it’s a good idea to better prepare yourself for the end of daylight savings time in the fall. While it may not seem like a big deal since the clocks are only adjusted by one hour, in reality it can still mess with your sleep habits.
You can reset your sleep schedule in a much smoother manner if you make small adjustments leading up to the time change. You can make slight adjustments to the time you wake up and go to bed for the week leading up to the time change; melatonin before bedtime can help, as can a little downtime before you actually fall asleep.
Small Adjustments with Big Impact
Each of these small adjustments is able to work together and provide a big impact when it comes to your quality of sleep.