As a parent, lack of sleep just comes with the job. From the time our little ones are born until they are out of the house we are losing sleep over them. As babies we are up feeding and changing them throughout the night, as teenagers we are up waiting to make sure they’re not past curfew. Either way, being sleep-deprived is part of the game. The first symptoms of sleep-deprivation are irritability and moodiness. No surprise there; I know I can’t be the best mother I can be when I’m tired. My patience wears thin and even the smallest things seem to set me off that day. Sleep is a precious treasure at our house, without it I just can’t do the things I need to do throughout the day. If this sounds familiar here are a few tips to help you take control of your sleeping habits.
Bedtimes aren’t just for little ones. Set a specific time each night that is Mommy’s Bedtime. The to-do list is never done, so staying up late just to get those last few things done isn’t really going to help you that much in the long run, especially if you are losing sleep to do it. You will be much more productive the next day if you have gotten the sleep that you need the night before. Sleep has to be a priority in your life, because no matter how hard you try, there will always be more to do tomorrow.
Studies also show that one of the most positive things you can do to have more energy is to wake up early. If you wake up for your kids rather than to your kids, you’ve taken some of that control back. Use those few extra minutes in the morning for “mommy time.” Take a shower, read a book, paint your toes, whatever it is that makes you feel good in the morning. If you start your day off relaxing, rather than rushing around to get all the kids taken care of it sets a tone for the rest of your day. Take a deep breath and in no time you’re ready to start your day off. It’s time to wake up on the right side of the bed for a change!