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As a parent, there is always one more thing I could be doing. “Let me do this…” “Before I forget, let me finish….” “I need to…” Sound familiar? Life is NEVER dull as a parent. There’s always something going on or someplace we have to be. I have a rolling daily list of things I need to get done and at the end of the day it’s REALLY hard to turn my “Mom Brain” off, forget about everything I have to do tomorrow, and just go to sleep. Like so many people, I suffer from occasional insomnia.
Insomnia can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep, or both. After a long day, I just want to crawl into bed, curl up, and fall fast asleep. But, unfortunately that doesn’t always happen. Unlike my husband, who will go to bed and pass out within seconds, I’ll lay there in bed waiting for sleep that doesn’t come. I’ll stare up at the ceiling as thoughts race through my mind. I often count the number of times my ceiling fan cord goes “clink, clink”, and wait, and wait, and wait. Once I finally fall asleep, I’ll often wake up throughout the night before it's actually time to be up. It leaves me exhausted the next day and a tad bit cranky. I’m one of approximately 70 million Americans that is affected by one or more symptoms of insomnia.
For those who suffer with insomnia, they aren’t alone. Beyondtired.org is a great resource to help and inspire everyone to get more sleep. Four people share their stories on how they are working towards getting more sleep.
Jana's story really resonated with me. As a fellow blogger and mother, she struggles with insomnia. She often has trouble falling asleep and when she does sleep, she'll wake up during the night. Like her, I find it hard to balance everything I need to do for my business and my family. Stress is something we have in common. In one of Jana's posts, she talks about “the difference a day can make”. That is so true!
Tips to Getting More Sleep
Here are a few tips that I have found helpful in getting more sleep.
“Things To Do” Notebook
I have a notebook and pen next to my bed. Whenever I have something I feel needs remembering, I’ll write it down and leave it until the next day. This way, I’m won’t worry about getting whatever it is done later or worry that I’ll forget about it. This allows my brain to wind down and allows me to go to sleep.
No caffeine after lunch
I do LOVE my morning cup of coffee and iced tea at lunch. After lunch, I have to be good and abstain from caffeine. If I don’t, I will be up to the wee hours of the morning.
Exercise Every Day
Regular physical exercise helps me stay asleep longer. When I am lax about working out, my back gives me problems. For instance, I will often wake up throughout the night as I toss and turn. Then in the morning, I wake up earlier than normal due to back pain.
At least 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day helps me sleep longer.
Create a bedtime routine
Each night, I turn off my computer, TV, and phone 30-60 minutes before bed. I’ll pick up a book and read. On some nights, I’ll enjoy a cup of chamomile tea. I try to go to bed at the same time every night to allow by body to get into a routine. By doing this, my body knows that it’s time to go to bed and my “Mom Brain” can turn off and quit rehashing the day’s events and the list of things that need doing tomorrow.
The National Sleep Foundation is dedicated to improving health and well-being through sleep education and advocacy. If you or someone you know suffers from insomnia, visit National Sleep Foundation website, Facebook, Twitter, and at Sleep.org to learn how to get beyond tired.
What do you do to get more sleep? Share your tips and stories with us in the comments below.