A mother’s work never ends. Even when bedtime approaches you likely find yourself going several last minute tasks — emptying the dishwasher, signing permission slips, picking up toys. But staying up too late or shorting yourself on sleep leaves you feeling exhausted the next day. You may even be less efficient in what you do. Dedicating enough time to sleep leaves you feeling healthier and sharper so you can crank through tasks during the day. Use these ideas to squeeze in more sleep.
Set a Bedtime
Your kids have a bedtime, so why not give yourself one too? Having a goal time to get to bed helps you manage your time up to that point. If you know you only have an hour until bed, you’ll prioritize the things you do in those 60 minutes. Instead of mindlessly browsing the Internet, you might read a book you’ve been waiting to read or finish your to-do list for the day. Having a set bedtime also helps you get into a rhythm so your body gets used to falling asleep at a certain time.
If you’re staring at a screen right up to bedtime or rushing around the house finishing up chores, you won’t be relaxed when your head hits the pillow. You might toss and turn as you wait to fall asleep. Help yourself fall asleep faster by doing relaxing activities before bed. Don’t drink any caffeine later in the day, as it might keep you up at night.
Get Ready With the Kids
When you’re getting your child ready for bed, get yourself ready too. Brush your teeth and wash your face. Lay out your clothes when you lay out hers. Get into your pajamas. Not only do you encourage your child to do those same tasks by showing her how to do it, you also check off your bedtime prep earlier in the evening. This means you can get into bed faster at night since you’ve already handled those routine tasks.
Lighten the Load
Is your schedule jam packed? Try cutting back on some tasks to give yourself more time. Get your partner involved in housework so you aren’t up late doing chores. Decline any extra commitments that will take away your time. Not only do you cut back on your to-do list, you will likely cut down on some of your stress, which may help you sleep better.