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One thing that every parent has in common, is the fact that most of us wish we could get more sleep. And even when your little ones are finally sleeping through the night, a good night’s sleep isn’t always what we get. Tossing and turning, looking at the clock, worrying about things, dwelling on something embarrassing that happened about 15 years ago…it seems that resting isn’t quite as easy as it sounds!
Well, if you cant remember the last time you had a good night’s sleep, then don’t worry. Here I’ve put together a collection of tips that could help you. Good luck!
Reduce your screen time
It seems that staring at screens for prolonged periods of time has become the norm in modern life. Whether its work related or just because our minds are wandering, and we find ourselves scrolling aimlessly down our newsfeeds. But did you know that the blue light emitted from screens is actually detrimental to your body’s natural rhythm? With the body finding it difficult to differentiate between natural light and artificial blue light – in short, your body/mind thinks that’s its daytime. You can try some blue light glasses to reduce the impact of blue light, or you could opt to reduce the amount of time you spend on your smart devices before bedtime. Alternatively, you could download a free app which can reduce the blue light for you.
Say no to caffeine
Caffeine is often seen as a necessity as well as a pleasure. With most of us struggling to function without around 3 coffees a day. However too much caffeine throughout the day can make it difficult for your body to relax at bedtime, simply because it’s over stimulated. Aim to have no caffeine after 3pm.
Make your bedroom a place to relax
A lot more happens in the bedroom than just sleep. But, intimacy aside, our bedrooms are often places where we work, fold the laundry, gather clutter and even watch TV. If your bedroom is purely used as a place of rest, relaxation and intimacy then you should get much better sleep there. Keep items associated with work like laptops and documents out of the bedroom, as well as clutter and things like dirty mugs. Keep it clean and tidy and you’ll soon fall in love with your little slice of heaven.
Blackout blinds and noise reduction
Another reason why we struggle to sleep can be associated with light. Light – especially during the summer months can make it difficult for us to feel well rested. So, consider installing some blackout blinds. As for the noise, keep things like music, TV out of the bedroom completely.
You might feel exhausted, but did you know that regular exercise can actually contribute towards better quality of sleep? You don’t have to sweat it out at the gym every day, but something as simple as a brisk walk with the kids around the neighbourhood and back again each day can really help you to sleep better.