How I tackled insomnia (and got a good night’s sleep!)

Sleep

A good night’s sleep is so important to keep you going on those long days where it seems like you have to be Superwoman! (Basically just every day of being a regular mom). Lack of quality sleep can lead to you feeling exhausted and run down, so you should make sleep a priority to your wellbeing – you need to make sure you’re taking care of yourself before you can look after anyone else! But sometimes, even though you are very tired, it can be hard drifting off to sleep! Do yourself a favor and read through these tips to getting a good night’s sleep.

Don’t over or under-eat before bed

How much or little you eat, and how soon before bed you eat it, can affect the quality of sleep you will have that night. Going to bed full or starving can lead to discomfort, which does not equal a night of good rest. Also try to limit the amount of liquids you have in the evening so as to avoid trips to the bathroom during the night, as it can be hard to get back to sleep after being woken.

Have a bedtime ritual and stick to it

Take note that it is best for you if you go to bed and get up at approximately the same time every day. This promotes good rest as it helps to reinforce your body clock. It is also great to have a routine that you stick to every night before bed: relaxing activities like taking a bath, lighting candles and reading a book help you feel relaxed and more ready for sleep. Don’t use your phone or watch TV before bed – this is a modern bad habit that leads to interference with sleep patterns.

Don’t nap during the day

Sometimes during the day (especially when the little ones are having a nap), it can be tempting to lie down and have a snooze, too. However, if you struggle with poor sleep quality at night time, having a nap in the day can greatly interfere with your sleep cycle when you try to get some shut-eye during the night. If you must have a rest, simply lie down for 10 to 30 minutes in the afternoon and do a relaxing activity, such as reading a magazine.

Make sure you exercise

Daily exercise is crucial to promoting better quality sleep. Physical activity during the day can help you fall asleep faster at night. However, try not to exercise too close to bedtime, as this can lead to you feeling too energized to go to bed. Do some exercise earlier in the day so you can enjoy a deeper sleep that night.

Don’t let stress get the better of you

Every mom knows all about what it’s like to feel stressed – picking up after kids and a hubby, running errands and keeping kids entertained can make getting downtime for yourself pretty hard. Take advantage of any quiet moments throughout the day to take some time for yourself. Setting goals and priorities can help you feel like you’ve got your life in order. Keep a notepad next to your bed and jot down any thoughts, as they come to you, of anything you’ve thought of that needs to be done the following day. This will ensure that the thoughts won’t plague you throughout the night. Talking to your partner or a friend can take the edge off any worries you may have.

The occasional sleepless night is common, but if these tips don’t help and you often have trouble getting to sleep, it may be time to contact your doctor. Do you have any tips for how to get a good night’s rest?

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