There is nothing worse than a tired, sleep deprived Mama trying to manage a house full of people. Things, people, and events go missing, overlooked, and undone. Worst of all, Mommy becomes frustrated and irritated at everything because she lacks sleep.
During one of my sleep-deprived days, I lost my phone and car keys. I found them in the refrigerator four hours later.
What you do during the day affects how you sleep at night. From family to social media, the world around you is constantly begging for your attention.
Here are a few sleep hacks to help you get a longer and deeper nights sleep.
1. Don’t go to bed on a full stomach.
The foods you eat can affect your sleep. Don’t eat any sweets or junk foods at least two hours before bed. If you are hungry, try a light snack and drink a glass of water. The best bedtime snacks include yogurt Fruit, Fresh Veggies, and even popcorn.
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2. Avoid blue light before bed.
Turn off the screens at least 30 minutes before you fall asleep. I know it’s tempting to want to scroll your feed one last time before you close your eyes for the night, but your late night scrolling is actually disrupting your sleep. Our phones, tablets, and televisions emit artificial lighting called Blue wavelengths. Blue waves are beneficial during daylight hours to boost attention, reaction times, and mood. However, those same blue wavelengths can stimulate your brain too much before trying to fall asleep, disrupting your natural sleep patterns. Before bed, give your mind time to relax without the chaos and noise of the world cluttering your brain.
3. Stick to a schedule.
Try to go to bed close to the same time each night. Train your mind and your body to follow a nighttime routine during the week. God to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
4. Get Comfortable.
When it comes to falling asleep and staying asleep, I like to be as comfortable as possible. Put on your comfiest pajamas, and slip into your most cozy sheets. Take a warm bath to relax your muscles. Set your room temperature between 60 and 67 degrees fahrenheit for optimal sleep.
5. Find the right pillows and sleeping position.
When sleeping, the human spine is naturally curved. Having proper support for your head and neck helps to maintain the proper alignment of your spine causing a better night’s sleep. Tossing and turning throughout the night can be alleviated with the proper pillow support.
To ensure I get a good night’s sleep, my pillows have to be what I consider just right.
When it comes to pillows, I am very…picky. I’m like Baby Bear from the story “Goldilocks and The Three Bears” when it comes to my pillows. My pillow cannot be too hard or too soft. My pillow can’t be too fluffy or too flat. It has to be just right.
My current pillows are what I consider just right.
With hypoallergenic down-alternative filling, these pillows are perfect for my skin. The pillows are noiseless and fluffy, allowing me to get comfortable quickly without disturbing my husband. The cotton cover on the pillows are breathable and stay dry through the night. And because the pillows are machine washable, I can keep them looking clean and smelling fresh all the time.
What are your tips for getting sleep? Share with me in the comments below!