How to get a GOOD night's rest!
Ever since my second baby was born, it's been almost impossible to feel like I truly got a good night's rest. I wake up in the morning not wanting to get out of bed and it's not because my kids are waking me up in the middle of the night, it just never seems like I can sleep well. So, you can only imagine that the mornings for me consist of hitting the snooze button for as long as I can and praying for just 5 more mins of sleep.
I finally realized that's gotten me nowhere !! So, I decided to ask our followers over at Bambina Diaries, what worked for them, plus I did some research online, and here's what I found.
Here's what works for our followers:
- Take a relaxing shower before bed!
- Make sure to get off your phone a little while before going to sleep.
- Sleep gummies
- Monat Sleep Drops
- Make sure you're taking Vitamin D
- Weighted blanket (game changer)
- Get a good exercise session in before you wind down for bed.
- Go to bed early !!!!
- Have warm calming tea
- Avoid an afternoon coffee break. Enjoying your favorite latte in the afternoon could interfere with the sleeping process at night.
- Go outside, it has been proven that having time outside each day, can help your sleep :)
- Move those baby monitors somewhere else. Sleeping with them next to you can cause you not to sleep well.
- Keep your cell phone away from your side of the bed, it tends to tempt you as the last thing you see before bed or have you researching before you drift off to sleep.
- Try and take a 10-15 minute nap during the day to help you feel refreshed instead of a cup of coffee.
- Take some me-time before bed - i.e, a relaxing tub bath, read a book!
- Make a list and get all the thoughts you are worried about for tomorrow on paper, way before bed!
- Sleep based on 90 min cycles. Therefore, you want to sleep either 6 hours, 7.5 hours, or 9 hours per night.
- Make sure you are wearing socks. Studies say that cold foot are strongly linked to disrupted nighttime sleep.
- Be consistent with your sleep time. The more consistent you are with your own sleep times, the more consistently your body produces sleep hormones (e.g. melatonin).
- Try a humming or white noise sound to help you sleep. This app is pretty good - Sleep Sounds app.
Fun tips to help get you out of bed:
- Trying to set an alarm to wake up before the kids and ease into the day!
- Set a goal to workout in the morning. It's a great way to get out of bed by looking forward to meeting that goal (have a buddy keep you accountable).
- Take a shower the minute you get up. It's proven to wake you up.
- If you can, set your alarm to wake you up with your favorite song. It can definitely put you in a good mood.
So far, I have tried applying a few of these to my nightly routine and it worked pretty well. Fingers crossed it stays that way!