When you have a newborn, sleepless nights are par for the course. What people don’t tell you is that it’s virtually impossible to recapture those blissful, sleep-filled nights you used to enjoy before parenthood. There may be nights when you get a good night’s sleep, but parents tend to experience sleep problems on a regular basis, even when their kids are older, and they’re sleeping through. If you find it hard to get enough rest, hopefully, this guide will prove helpful.
Establish a routine
You’re a parent, so this probably means that you’ve spent hours, days, even months getting your children into a bedtime routine. Routines are brilliant for kids, but they’re also great for parents. We all have an internal body clock, and if yours is out of kilter, you may find it tough to sleep, even when you’re tired. Try and get yourself into a regime at bedtime, so that you get used to going to bed and getting up at the same time each day. This will ensure that you start to feel tired as your bedtime approaches and that you find it easier to get up when your alarm goes off. There may be days when it’s impossible to be in bed by 11pm, but if you can try and stick to a rough pattern, you should notice the benefits. For more tips to improve your evening routine, take a look at this article.
Is your bedroom hectic rather than heavenly? Does it resemble a playroom rather than a sanctuary? Your body clock can play a role in your sleep habits, but the environment in which you rest can also have an influence. Ideally, you should have a comfortable bed in a room, which is dark, quiet, and relaxing. Start with getting the bed right. If you toss and turn at night because you can’t get comfortable, consider investing in a new mattress. Check out reviews at Mattress-Guides.net, and try some options for size at a showroom. It’s also worth replacing your pillows if you’ve had them for a long time. Buy blackout blinds or heavy curtains if light is a problem, and declutter to free up space and reduce stress. Use soothing colors and low-level lighting to add ambiance, and try and keep technology out of the bedroom.
Be honest. What do you do when the kids are in bed? Do you hit the sofa and chill out in front of the TV, grab a good book and get cozy in bed or run a hot bath? Or do you start washing dishes, tidying away toys or prepping lunches for the next day? It’s hugely beneficial to be organized when you’re a parent, but don’t go to bed without giving yourself half an hour to unwind and relax. It’s so important that you take the time to embrace some peace and quiet and enjoy a little you time before you climb into bed.
If you’re a parent, you may find it difficult to sleep, even if your kids are in a fantastic routine. Hopefully, these tips will help you enjoy a better night’s sleep every night.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.