Better Sleep

Better Sleep

March was all about focusing on sleep for me. (See my other monthly goals here.) For YEARS I have been a night owl. Like, 2am would roll around and I would be surprised how late it was. My body just doesn’t give me the sleepy cues it should to force my buns into bed. The only problem is that I have an early alarm clock and kids that need a functional mama every morning. Now, I might be “functional” after 4 hours of sleep but I am certainly not very nice about it. I realized a couple of years ago that “functional” wasn’t going to cut it anymore and that I wanted to be more pleasant and less grumpy. So, I started changing my sleep habits. I’m still not perfect about it and now I only stay up until 2am if I have deadlines!

I wanted to spend a month focusing on my sleep just to remind myself of how important it is and keep myself on the right sleep track.

Better Sleep

Here are some tips for getting better sleep if you tend to stay up late then regret the next morning!

1. Stop looking at tv, phone, laptop, computer, etc. about 30 minutes before you plan to go to sleep. The light messes with your brain and tells your body to stay awake.

2. Go to bed a little earlier each night. If you are staying up until 2am, like I was, it will be a huge adjustment to suddenly hit the hay at 10pm.

3. Don’t nap. For me, a nap always messes up my sleep schedule. If I accidentally crash on the couch on a Sunday afternoon, there is NO WAY I will be able to fall asleep before midnight. I try to avoid naps, at all costs!

4. Do something relaxing. If you are used to watching tv until bedtime, try taking a lavender bath instead. You can also try meditating, stretching, or listening to calm music.

5. Stop eating. Give your body a break from digesting. Try to stop eating several hours before bed. Brush your teeth to help keep you from midnight snacking.

6. Dim the lights. Lights tell your body it’s time to be awake. Start dimming your lights closer to bedtime to naturally tell your bod its time for some snoozing.

7. Fake it till you make it. A lot of times I don’t feel tired but I just make myself go to bed. Some nights it takes me forever to fall asleep but I know that at least my body is still getting rest and that I’m still in the process of teaching myself better sleep habits.

For me, more sleep means I am much nicer, no bags under my eyes, more energy, and mental clarity.

Check out my focus for April and follow along on Instagram! Do you have any more tips for getting better sleep?

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21 thoughts on “Better Sleep

  1. Erica @ The Crumby Cupcake

    I wake up 5 days a week at 5am to get to work by 6, and I can never seem to get to bed before 11pm the night before. I have a terrible habit of getting on my phone as I crawl in bed, after I log off my computer. It makes getting up so much harder!!

  2. CourtneyLynne

    these are some great tips for sleep!!! As tired as I get during the day, I never nap because I will never fall asleep at night!

  3. Marina John

    These are awesome tips. We’ve definitely learned to cut out screen time before bed. I use to read books on my tablet before bed, but even the light from that kept me up longer.

  4. Sharon

    My insomnia stuff started about six years ago and the only one I have issues with still, since I think I do all of these at one point or another, is dimming the lights. Always forget that one ;)

  5. michele d

    I have a hard time falling asleep. My mind is always racing of what to do for the next day. This is great advice. Thanks!

  6. Rebecca Swenor

    These are great tips for better sleep. It is important to get the right amount of sleep a night to be able to stay health and to function normally. I usually lay down and cuddle with my dogs to wined down. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Kristen

    Great tips! I started leaving my phone downstairs when going to bed. It really helps! Also, I just got a memory foam pillow. Best thing EVER!

  8. Adrienne

    I have to give up my naps?! Now that will be an adjustment. lol Great tips! I always try to shut down all electronics at least an hour before I plan to go to sleep so my body can prepare itself for sleep.

  9. Jen

    These are great tips! Like you I am a night owl! I am trying really hard to get back to on a normal schedule and get more sleep! I have to learn to turn everything off and just go to bed. I think that turning off my devices 30 mins before bed might help!

  10. Audrey (@trihardmom)

    Great tips! I usually also tell my patients not to have any tv or electronics in the bedroom – only sleep in the bed. Otherwise, your body gets confused when it is bedtime. And watch how much caffeine intake you have and how late in the day you are consuming it.
    Sleep is so important! You are right, as a mom you can definitely function, but I am not always nice about it when I am still tired!

  11. Penny Struebig

    Great tips! I’m like you — it will be 2 am before I realize it and then I don’t get enough sleep for the next day. It’s a bad cycle to get in to and an even harder one to break.


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