One of the biggest things that can affect my success and failure as a mom is the amount of sleep I am getting. I can’t function at my best if I am exhausted. I am slow to respond, lackadaisical, grouchy, and plain ol’ ineffective. Lately, I’ve been burning the candle on both ends: getting up early and staying up late. And I feel sleepy all the time.
In another season I’d just be pumping the caffeine to get me through. But, being six months pregnant has limited my intake of Vanilla Coke and coffee with lots of cream and sugar. So, my only alternative – which should be my first line of defense – is to get more sleep.
You might be thinking…
But, I want to get something done while the kids are asleep.
But, my favorite show is on after the kids go to bed.
But, it’s so nice when the house is quiet.
But, you don’t know all that I need to do.
Yes, I do. I’m walking that same life. And believe me, this is an area I need to work on. So, here are some ideas I’ve brainstormed and that I’m going to try to make me a more restful mother:
- go to sleep 15 minutes before normal bedtime
- set a regular bedtime – getting your body clock set is important. Try not to disrupt its rhythm.
- set the alarm clock for 15 minutes later
- take a nap during your home’s quiet time of the day. This could be during the baby’s nap, during the last hour before the school bus pulls up, or just a quick twenty-minute cat nap while dinner cooks and the kids watch a short video.
Search for ways that you can get extra rest. Plan your days to be as efficient as possible so that you can have extra minutes for sleep.
Those bonus moments of shut-eye will benefit you in a better disposition and help you be more efficient. And the cycle will continue. Your body and your family will thank you.