Sleep? What’s that? When you have a busy schedule that completely revolves around your family sleep becomes more of a luxury than a necessity. By the time you get the kids off to school, tend to the house, put in a few hours in the office, pick the kids up, take them to after school activities, cook dinner, get them to bed, and clean up the house again you’ve got about 4 good hours left before the cycle begins again.
You know you need your rest but all you’re able to muster up is a few hours at night and the 30 minutes you’re supposed to be eating lunch. Without your sleep your attention span is shorter, your productivity is off, you snap at the drop of a dime, you lose focus, you’re anxious, stressed to the max, and chronically fatigued. If you don’t do something soon, it will only get worse.
Yet, how can you get more sleep when you’re a mom with so much to do? Here are some tips below:
Sleep Tips for Busy Moms Hanging On By a Thread
Reevaluate Your Routine
As a busy mom time management is your best friend. Take a look at your current routine to try to make some order of it. You may find that there are tasks that are time wasters. For example, instead of taking the kids to school let them ride the bus. This gives you a bit of flexibility in the morning so you’re not rushing around.
Bedtime Routine for Kids
Getting your kids in bed at a reasonable hour means that you get to sleep longer as well. If you don’t already have one, create a bedtime routine for the kids to follow. After dinner, perhaps you allow them to play a game or watch TV for an hour, then you want them to begin winding down. This would be the perfect time for a bath or shower, brushing their teeth, putting on PJs, and getting into bed. Then, read them a story and off to dreamland they go.
Update Your Sleep Environment
When you do get the chance to retreat to your bedroom it should be a space designed for efficient sleep and comfort. If your room lacks character, has old or outdated furniture, or simply isn’t comfortable to sleep in, change the environment. Invest in a memory foam mattress, get an ergonomic pillow for neck support, install a programmable thermostat in the room for a more comfortable temperature, get some darkening shades to keep the light out, and top it off with soothing wall color and comfortable bedding.
Make the Most of Weekends
You can eliminate a lot of the craziness throughout the week and get better sleep by making the best use of your weekend time. This is where you can wash, fold, and iron clothes for the week, go grocery shopping and prep meals, do a thorough cleaning of the house and tend to any needs the kids may have. Now you’re prepared for the week ahead. Things will run smoother throughout the day and at night you can spend less time preparing and more time sleeping.
Ask for Help
Whether you’re married, in a committed relationship, or a single mother there is nothing wrong with needing more help with raising the kids. You have a village of people that would be willing to assist you. You can ask your spouse to take over after school activity transportation or make meals three days a week. You can ask your parents to watch the kids on weekends so you can get caught up for the week. You might talk to another parent about carpooling so you don’t have to drive the kids to school every day. Whatever lightens your load essentially frees up time you can use to get more sleep.
You may feel fine at the moment running on empty but eventually, it will catch up to you. Sleep is essential to being the best mom you can be for your children. If you’re not getting at least 7 to 8 hours every night making some changes like those discussed above can help you rearrange your lifestyle so that sleep can be included.