Sleep 101: How To Get A More Rested Night's Sleep

Sleep can sometimes feel like the holy grail. As moms, we never have enough of it. We talk about it, think about it, dream about it. I believe that it goes with the territory of being a mother. However, there are many things we can do ourselves to improve our chances of getting a more rested and peaceful night’s sleep.

Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.
It’s true what they say, if you are drinking a lot of water, your body is hydrated, and it can help you get a much better night’s sleep. A low water intake can cause headaches and all sorts of things that can keep us up or even wake us during the night. But my only advice would be not to drink too much in the evening unless you want to be woken up to visit the bathroom.

Think about your mattress.
If you are not comfortable in your bed, then you won’t have a good night’s sleep. No one wants to wake up with a backache. Or spend their whole night tossing and turning because the mattress needs replacing. Doing your research is important here as mattresses can be an expensive purchase. Think of it as an investment. Ommage sleep could provide you with the perfect option.

Bed linen needs to be more than just pretty to look at. 
If you get hot in the night then having a bed linen that’s a cooling material would be the best option for you. The same would go for someone who gets too cold in the night; then a warming bed linen would be a better alternative. If you are too hot or too cold, it can have a real effect on your sleep.

Screen free time before bed.
Social media, emails and watching TV right before you close your eyes to sleep can all be factors of a restless night. Giving yourself, at least, 30 minutes of screen-free time could have a much more positive effect. You could use this time to read a book or just relax before going to sleep.

Taking some regular exercise.
I know it isn’t easy getting regular exercise as a mom. But you could use those park visits with some running or schedule in some time when you partner can watch the children while you work out. There are many studies to support how exercise can have a positive effect on your sleep and your health.

Avoiding that glass of wine or cup of coffee.
If you can limit or avoid alcohol and caffeine intake in an evening, then you will feel the benefit with a more rested night's sleep.

Don’t overindulge at meal times before bed.
Moving your dinnertime a little earlier can have a big effect on your sleep at night. Also avoiding rich and heavy foods within two hours of going to bed. A stomach ache can keep you up at night, so it’s best to avoid it as much as possible.

Of course, as a mom, we can’t predict the teething traumas, illness or bad dreams our children are going to have. But I hope these tips can help you have a more rested night's sleep when the kids allow it.

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