The hectic lifestyle of a mother with children of any age is evident. We know that waking up to a baby’s cry or being exhausted from daily school drop-offs and pick-ups, cooking three meals a day, constant cleaning, and every day stress can take a toll on your ability to get a good night’s rest. So, we have gathered a few tips to help all mothers out there get a better night’s sleep!
1. Create and stick to a sleep schedule.
It may take a while to get your body adjusted to sleeping at the same time every night, but once a schedule is created, it becomes a lot easier to fall asleep at a certain time at night. Try to reach the point where you can go to bed and get up at the same time every day. It is helpful to set alarms! The hardest part is to avoid sleeping in on weekends because although you will be tempted to enjoy your less hectic days in bed, it will mess with the sleep schedule you worked so hard to start.
2. Be cautious of what you eat and drink before bed.
Don’t go to bed after an extremely filling meal, but also don’t go to bed hungry. The discomfort of feeling full and bloated or thinking about food will keep you up at night. Limit the amount of liquids you have before bed to prevent the middle-of-the-night trips to the bathroom. Also, coffee is a must have for many mothers, but make sure to avoid that before bed as the caffeine will keep you up!
3. Limit daytime naps.
If you must nap (and we understand why you may want to when you get the chance to), try to limit it to 10-20 minutes in the middle of the afternoon as napping too close to bedtime may affect your ability to sleep at night.
Physical activity can be beneficial to getting a better sleep and falling asleep quicker. Take your children out on a walk as a fun way to get exercise and have playtime with them. However, it is important to not exercise too close to bedtime, as you may be too energized to fall asleep.
5. Have your stress under control. Stress is common, especially when you have so many tasks and people to care for as a mother. Some tips to manage your stress include getting organized and prioritizing what tasks are more important to complete and which one can be left for later on in the day or week. Jotting down what stresses you out in a journal before you sleep will help you release some stress before bed.
Hope we have provided you with some great tips to help you sleep better tonight!