How to Get Enough Sleep for a Mom
June 28, 2012
Being a mom requires you to multitask constantly. Aside from prioritizing your family and juggling your career and house chores — you need to give importance to yourself as well. Regardless of whether you are a new mom or not, parenting requires a big percentage of your time, and this causes most moms to be sleep deprived. Moms need sleep in order to combat fatigue, so here are a few tips to get enough sleep while taking care of the kids:
Get into a routine
- At night, you and your kids can take a warm bath before bedtime. This will help both of you relax and give you a good night’s sleep.
- Try slowing down your brain process by wrapping up what happened during daytime and close that chapter before you sleep.
Create the right kind of environment
- Give yourself a break from technology. Put away laptops or any gadgets when you’re about to sleep to free your mind from thinking.
- Choose a dim lighting for your bedroom to signal that it’s already time to rest.
Maximize your time
- Take short naps in the afternoon while your kids are doing their own thing.
- Figure out creative ways to model your sleeping pattern with your kids’, so that you can also rest at the same time they’re resting.
- Set shifting schedules between you and your partner. It is important to choose a time that will help both of you get normal sleeping hours.
- Say “no” to added unnecessary responsibilities to effectively deal with your time.
Limit caffeine intake before bedtime
As much as you can, avoid taking in too much caffeine when it’s already late in the afternoon to evening time. Caffeine is a stimulator that will keep you active and alert; it is found in chocolates, sodas, coffee, tea, etc.
Sit back, relax and enjoy parenting
Because life requires so much from us, we live it in a very stressful way, oftentimes forgetting the importance of spending time with our loved ones. Being a parent is certainly challenging, but setting priorities and effective time management are the key steps to attaining a meaningful parenthood.