It *can* be done, but you have to step away from the Netflix first, mama
Sleep goes hand in hand with regular exercise and eating well: they’re the trifecta of healthy living, right? Funny thing though – no way is there enough time in a mom’s day for the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep, some sort of exercise, and healthy meals. Not when you add in work, parenting, childcare, self-care, cooking, cleaning, relationship nurturing, random internet searching, phone calls with your mom… the list goes on and on! (And don’t even get us started on having a baby or child who doesn’t sleep through the night!).
Something has to give, right? And sleep usually takes the fall. It’s a total shame though, ‘cause a good night’s sleep is restorative in sooo many ways. From looking good to feeling good, sleep is the key. So we have to figure this out, mamas! How can we all sneak in a few more ZZZ’s? We did a quick foggy-head brainstorm, and here’s what we came up with! May we present these 5 ways to get more sleep. 👏
Go to bed earlier. Duh, we know. And often easier said than done as we are well aware from daily experience! But it must be said: the benefits that you will reap from being well rested will surpass that hour (or three) of late-night Netflix, promise! If you’re having a hard time dragging yourself off the couch, try setting an “bedtime” alarm on your phone every evening. When it goes off, you go to bed, no excuses!
Sleep train the kids. Maybe you can’t get the baby to stop waking you up at 2 a.m., but anyone over two years old has ample ability to stay in their own bed until mama says get up. It might require investing in a few small tools, like blackout shades (the best $20 you’ll ever spend), an OK to Wake clock, and/or a fan/white noise machine. Trust us when we say these items are worth their weight in gold!
Aim for better sleep. Follow all the expert advice out there and just try to tell us you don’t sleep better, deeper, longer. You know what you need to do: put your phone down and out of arms’ reach an hour before bedtime; cut out caffeine after 2 pm; follow a sleepiness-inducing bedtime routine that includes going to bed at the same time every night; avoid alcohol. These sleep tips get repeated ad nauseam because they work, so stop fighting them!
Swap screens for books. We might love to read, but the truth is nothing demonstrates mom exhaustion like cracking a book at bedtime. One page (tops) and we’re passed out! So if you’re trying to sleep more, start by trying to read more, and we guarantee you’ll get more winks, ha!
Simplify and automate. We’re all trying to eke out a little more time in every day, right? If you had more time, you could, in theory, get more sleep, simple as that. Take a look at your daily routine and see if there is anything you can simplify, automate, or maybe even ditch completely. For example, do you find yourself staying up late night scrolling for deals on kids clothes? Stop doing that, lol. Save time on your shopping with Kids on 45th. It takes five minutes to create a style profile for your kiddos and order them a season’s worth of clothes. With all that time saved, you can hit the hay a little earlier, mama!
Are you a sleep-deprived mama? 🙋♀️ What would it take for you to get more ZZZ’s?