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Silly question isn’t it?! Of course, you are exhausted!
According to The Sleep Foundation, one-third of people do not get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep. In fact, they only get about 6.8 hours per night.
Don’t know about you… but I am not even able to function off of 7 hours of sleep! Let’s talk about how to get better sleep!
So here I am… on the elliptical planning the arm strength workout for the morning. 5:30 a.m. is probably not early for most of you but this new routine is going to take some getting used to! It means I’ll need to be in bed sleeping by 9:30.
We all know that when you lay your head down on the pillow that your mind will start racing and you won’t actually be sleeping for another hour (at least)! There are natural remedies that will help you to develop healthy sleeping habits!
More Exercise – Not Less
The most natural remedy possible when it comes to getting better sleep, believe it or not, is getting more exercise and in-taking less caffeine. It actually can increase energy levels.
It can just be a quick 10-minute walk and you’ll feel more energized! Rest can do the same, a quick little 20-minute catnap really does work wonders.
Let’s be real though, some times one or two cups of coffee just won’t cut it, I personally had 4 yesterday! Just sport those dark circles like a pro, because you are a pro and being exhausted is part of the life you live.
Routine is Key
Another mom hack on how to get better sleep is routine! This is just as important for mom and dad as it is the kids.
We work calming oils into our nighttime routine and it has made a huge difference in the past year! Diffusing gentle baby upstairs during our bath and bed routine for the kids, lavender in mom and dad’s room along with peace and calming on the main level to wind down for the day.
There are so many options for diffusers! If you want to know more and learn about the benefits of essential oils you just let me know. You can check out the Young Living website, or shoot me a message directly! This is a passion of mine, and I love to share my knowledge!
It’s okay to be tired
It is okay to be tired and exhausted especially after the day you just had. Wake up, get yourself ready and everyone else in the house. Routine is super important and it gives you a sense of organization.
Every day I wake up, shower, work out (o.k. maybe not every day), and get the fur babies taken care of. Feed me and the kids, then it’s out the door HOPEFULLY on time!
If you do the same thing at the same time every morning, you will notice that immediately your mind and body will feel better knowing what’s coming every day.
Then there’s the workday; one really actually knows what that will bring so just sit back and enjoy the ride. The mad rush to get home, get the kids, and the fur babies again. Make dinner for the house, put dinner away and your toddler has toys everywhere that you continuously step on. Not to mention there’s a load of laundry to be done.
Dinner’s done, kids down, fur babies are taken care of so now you can take care of yourself, right?
Oh, wait, its 9 pm, time for bed! Ahh!! I have a few personal tips and tricks that have helped me get that restful night’s sleep to leave you more energized for the day.
Please SHARE your tips for others, because no one person is the same.
The List of Natural Remedies – Hacks to getting better sleep
1. Get a morning routine. This will help get you out the door on time (most days) and make sure that this morning routine includes a healthy PROTEIN filled breakfast, even just a protein bar or shake.
2. Let the commute to your morning destination to be relaxed. Enjoy a cup of coffee, tea, or water and crank up that Monday morning anthem or comedy talk radio to lighten the mood.
3. Work will be work no matter what you do and you cannot control it. Keep healthy energizing snacks like nuts, trail mix, peanut butter and yogurt in your desk drawers. Take that 10-minute walk, read a book or articles and maybe even get a catnap in.
4. On the way home wind down. Get that water bottle full and use the radio or just plain silence to take a few breaths and calm down thinking of the positive things of the day being able to let the negative things go.
5. When you are home, leave work at work. This is family time. Have a little idea of what’s for dinner so you are not scrambling, and use the evening hours to spend time with loved ones. You can also use this time to do some minor workouts at home with simple yoga, stretching, and a band or dumbbell workout. My personal favorite is to get outside. Walks, sports, campfires or grill dinner.
6. Bedtime. Now, remember the kids don’t want to sleep. It can be a serious battle. Be patient knowing that they just want to spend time with mom and dad because they were separated from you all day. Bedtime stories, prayers, and songs are so important for little ones. Our 2-year-old CRAVES storytime and always asks for prayers and “tinkle tinkle wittle star”.
7. Bedtime for you. Take a hot shower or warm bath to calm it down a bit. Obviously no caffeine before bed because that makes things more difficult.
We do not have a television in our bedroom. Screens and TV right before bed get your mind racing. Looking at your phone with the terrible screen light is a strain on your eyes and also causes your mind to race making it difficult to fall asleep. Turn off the tv, put down the phone, and read a book or just lay down flat on your back and count breaths.
If something pops in your head write it down or make a list so you can let it go and remember to think about it tomorrow, it will not go anywhere in the next 7-8 hours you will be sleeping. Because you WILL get that 7-8 hours right?!
Manage Your Time to Get Better Sleep
Here we are talking about managing time again, crazy! The biggest mom hack of all when it comes to getting better sleep….. It all comes back to managing time as a mother and understanding that if your time is managed well, it leads to less stress and fewer things to do when it is finally time to calm down at night!
This 12-page kindle eBook on managing time is a short quick read with great tips and tricks on how to be able to manage your time throughout the day! The sleep advice above is also in this book!
Mama, you are doing a great job and you GOT this.
Write things down as you go and remember when you lay your head down at night, it is time to rest and let everything go. There are only 7 tips and tricks here to help you get better sleep using natural remedies!
Notice your quality of sleep significantly increases once you are able to go to bed, with a clear mind.