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We have a lot on our plates as moms which can result in trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, or both. With the new school year starting up soon, schedules will be changing and you’ll be worrying about things like packing lunches, after school projects, and signing permission slips. You might be thinking that you cannot possibly finish everything on your to-do list before bedtime. It can be very difficult to sleep when you have so many different things on your mind. Lack of sleep can have serious effects on your health. Below are some bedtime rituals to help you get a better night’s sleep.
1. Stick to a sleep schedule. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even on weekends, holidays and days off. Being consistent reinforces your body’s sleep-wake cycle and helps promote better sleep at night.
2. Exercise at some point during the day.
3. Make simple preparations for the next day like packing lunches, setting out clothes, and picking up the clutter around the house.
4. Eat your final meal three to four hours before turning in and any bedtime snacks at least 90 minutes before, so you don’t go to sleep on a full bowel or bladder.
5. Ban blue light in the bedroom. Turn computers and televisions off an hour before your bedtime.
6. Keep your room cool. The temperature of your bedroom also affects sleep. Most people sleep best in a slightly cool room with good ventilation.
7. Keep noise down in your bedroom. Some noises cannot be avoided such as barking dogs, street traffic, loud neighbors, and other people in your household. Try masking noise with a fan, a recording of soothing sounds, or white noise.
8. Taking a warm bath or shower before bedtime can help you relax.
9. Just before bedtime, do some easy stretches.
10. Your mattress and pillow can contribute in a big way to better sleep, so make sure your bed is comfortable. You should have enough room to stretch and turn comfortably. If you wake up with a sore back or an aching neck, it’s probably time to invest in a new mattress or a different pillow. I’m a big fan of the memory foam products at Nature’s Sleep. You can read my thoughts on the Nature’s Sleep memory foam pillow from my recent review. I just started sleeping on one of their memory foam mattresses, and will be sharing my thoughts on that with you very soon. So far it’s been a wonderful sleep experience for me! You can browse their selection here to see which products are right for you. Use coupon code BEARS50 to get 50% off for a limited time.
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Disclaimer: Nature’s Sleep has provided me with a mattress and pillow to try out. As always, opinions are 100% mine.
Anne - Mommy Has to Work says
I really need a good pillow. I have a rain noise to block out other noises.
Tammy S says
I struggle with insomnia so I have tried most things to help me sleep. I haven’t tried doing some easy stretches. I will have to give that a shot. Thanks.
I need to work on #1 and #5. Once school starts back in just over a week, I’ll get more on a sleep schedule, though.
Tricia @ Night owl mama says
I always have a hard time falling asleep thank u for the tips I’ll give them a try
Shell Feis says
Thanks for the great tips! My sleep schedule has been really off since getting pregnant, I’m either exhausted or wide awake.
I just found melatonin gummies — a lifesaver!!
I need to try some of these and see if they help me out.
Sally T. says
Good points on sleeping~keep a good schedule is number one
for me.I always try to get eight hours.