Listen up, parents. Sleep is not a luxury – it’s necessity to be a good parent! Here are Real Tips for Parents to Get Better Sleep and enter to win the Fitbit Charge HD to get a real handle on your sleep! Thanks Verizon for this amazing giveaway and The Dream Bed for letting us try it out!
Ironically I type up a post about with only four hours until I need to get up for my day. But that’s what most of us as parents get used to. If we’re gonna get anything done, we have to sacrifice and most the time that sacrifice it’s our sleep.
And that’s exactly what you should do – if you want to gain weight, increase your chance of heart disease, diabetes and the other numerous health issues that is causes when you don’t get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep nightly. And let’s not even talk about being irritable, grumpy, and downright pissy all day long to everyone – especially to your kids.
So what can you do to make all the other challenges of you day not cut right into your precious sleep time?
Take a lesson from yourself and listen to those things you tell your kids before they go to bed.
You’ll find out you’re pretty stinkin’ smart.
1. Make a Routine.
Creating a routine is one of most vital things as parents we do for our kiddos as soon as we bring them home from the hospital. You set a time and stick to it. Do the same thing for yourself and say 10 PM is your bedtime – and that’s it or you are in trouble mister!:)
2. Make it Comfortable to Get in the Mood.
When you tuck the kids in at night, you always make sure the temperature is just right, the pillow is perfect and of course, the bed is just right. Do yourself a favor and do a little audit of your own bed situation? Are you waking up feeling like you slept on a box of rocks? If you’re bed is over 7 years, it’s time to order a new one. Did you know you spend about 1/3 your lifetime in bed? So give your body a little respect (it’s the only one you got) and get a new bed for dream sleep.
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And make sure to set the mood…for sleep that is. I know, just because you lay down doesn’t mean your brain is ready for sleep. So get the mood with essential oils. There are several different ones to choose from and you can make your own blend for just the perfect sleep formula for you!
3. Turn it Off.
That’s right. Turn it all off – the phone, the TV, and most of all, your brain. And the only way that’s gonna happen is if you quit doing it for at least an hour before you go to bed. Just because you flip the switch doesn’t mean your head stops turning. So quit Pinteresting and posting and think about sheep.. and sleep… and whatever else gets your to nod off (I normally think about laundry since I have no interest in giving it anymore time in my day!)
4. Watch the Water.
The last thing I tell my kids at least an hour before night-night time is NO water so they don’t wet the bed. Hopefully, you’re past that stage (lol!), but you don’t want to fill up your bladder so you have to wake up in the middle of the night for a bathroom break. That includes a nightcap as well. I’m not saying you can’t have a glass, just be mindful of the timing as alcohol doesn’t normally make for restful sleep. And note to your healthy folks – make your workout part of your morning routine if you can. Getting all worked up at nighttime makes it difficult for the body to slow down for bedtime. So schedule accordingly.
5. Quantify to Get Quality
You just thought your Fitbit was made for steppin’ – actually it’s made for sleepin’ too! You can evaluate your sleep time with the Fitbit Charge HD. The #1 best seller at Verizon, the Fitbit is a mean little machine that helps you stay on top of your health. The graph in the free app shows you your sleep time, records, and whether or not you had good sleep.
That’s the one that counts.
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