A rough night…

Do you struggle to sleep at night?  I know I do at times.  In fact, I often watch my children go from bouncing off the walls to sound asleep in a matter of minutes, sometimes seconds, and wish adults experienced that kind of turn-around.  Unfortunately, we don’t.  Most of the time we lie awake, thinking about what has happened during the day, what still needs to happen, what’s going to happen tomorrow/the week/next week, etc.  Sometimes we lie awake because we’re happily thinking through it all, but more often than not, we’re stressing over something.  That’s why kids fall asleep practically instantly while adults toss and turn for minutes and hours.  The weight of the world is on our shoulders, or so it seems, and we have a difficult time shutting it off.

Tips for Better Sleep

We may not be able to pop a paci in our own mouths and nod off in our car seats, but we can take steps to help fall {and stay} asleep for a better night’s rest.  Some of them may be obvious, but it may be helpful in case you haven’t thought of it in a while.

  • Establish a bed time routine.  I know it sounds like I’m talking about kids, but it’s something we do for babies and small children that we forget to do for ourselves.  A bed time routine helps us wind down and feel more relaxed so we can drift off to sleep.  Instead of running around doing last-minute chores, try taking a bath or reading in bed to help your eyes get sleepy.  
  • Be consistent with your sleep total.  It’s hard, especially when it’s the weekend, but trying to go to bed at roughly the same time and getting up at roughly the same time each night and morning will help your body get consistent rest.
  • Limit your eating and drinking before bed.  Your tummy and your bladder will thank you, and you’ll sleep better because you don’t have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
  • Try a sound machine and/or ear plugs.  A good sound machine will help you tune out your mid-night sound track, such as street noise.  Some sound machines are even directed at sleep issues.  Ear plugs can also be helpful, especially if your partner snores right next to you.
  • Try a sleep aid.  If all else fails, you can consult a medical professional for sleep aids.  It’s wise to get a professional opinion and not self-diagnose and -medicate.

Getting a good night of sleep is essential for us all, so be sure to take what steps you can to get yours.

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