As a parent, sleep can be elusive and fleeting, but it’s still so important to try to get some quality shut-eye each night. Everyone needs to be well rested, but it’s probably even more important when you’re a parent. You need to be well rested to keep up with your littles and be a patient, nice, non-grouchy parent. Honestly, I’m really bad about making sure I get enough sleep on a regular basis. I choose to stay awake and savor some kid-free alone time and then wish I hadn’t the next morning. So, here are some tips for me, and you, to get the best night’s sleep possible.
- Don’t have kids who’ll wake you up eleven billion times a night. Oh, you already have kids? Okay, just kidding, keep the kids. Instead, my first tip is to establish a regular bedtime for yourself and stick to it. Allow yourself some alone time, but make sure to crawl into bed at a decent hour so you can still get 6-8 hours of sleep.
- Make sure you have a great mattress. If you don’t have somewhere comfortable and supportive to sleep, even if you prep yourself for bed well, you aren’t going to get a good night’s sleep. Find a mattress that reduces pressure points so you aren’t tossing and turning. Make a wish list for what you want out of your mattress and do a little research to find which mattress will work best for you – expensive doesn’t mean it’s the best for everyone.
- Spend some time winding down without technology. It’s proven that using technology that produces light from an electronic display suppresses melatonin, the hormone your body produces to promote sleep and wake cycles. So, turn off the TV, step away from the computer, and leave your smartphone in another room, and pick up a book or listen to some calming music instead.
- Pay attention to what you eat and when. When it’s close to bedtime, steer clear of heavy, spicy, or acidic foods that will keep your body busy digesting, and you awake. Avoid alcohol; even though it might make you sleepy, it won’t allow you to get quality sleep. Only drink caffeine in the morning; it can still affect you up to 12 hours later, and it’s a diuretic which can have you waking up to make trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
- Exercise regularly. Really, just get your body moving for at least a half hour a day, and it doesn’t even have to be all at once. A new study shows that if you don’t regularly exercise, it can take around 4 months to notice a difference, but after that people were regularly getting about 45 minutes more sleep. Plus, it’s good for you anyway.
Hopefully these changes are easy enough to put into action so we can all get some quality sleep and be more well-rested pleasant people. I know personally, we’ve been doing some research on a new mattress. Our bed has been through multiple moves, in storage, in use, and is about 8 years old… we’re ready for a new one (like yesterday.) If you’re longing for a new mattress too, be sure to check out Havertys and enter the Havertys Mattress Expert Sweepstakes for a chance to win a Tempur-Pedic pillow to go along with your new bed. I was just telling Nick we should go check them out this weekend. Hopefully a good night’s sleep is in both of our near futures!
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Havertys. The opinions and text are all mine.