There are also habits of our own we can change to improve sleep. I've narrowed down my top five sleep strategies for moms.
The kids come home from preschool exhausted and begging for stay-home days, and for the love of all things holy, I FEEL THEM. We have grown weary of early mornings and long workdays and have found ourselves in a perpetual state of low-grade grumpiness. Even the pugs are irritable. And that, my friends, is why we are doing a whole lot of nothing over spring break.
That first week I ended up spending anywhere from 60-90 minutes laying with my son, playing dead like a possum until he finally passed out and I quietly snuck out of his room. Not sustainable.
I may never sleep again. As moms, we’ve all had this thought run through our head at one point or another. Maybe your baby is less than six months old. Sick or teething. Maybe you recently potty trained them or they’re going through a sleep regression. No matter the cause, it’s exhausting and mood-altering. Lack of sleep clinically shuts down our brains.
If you're like me -- or like the 10 percent of people that, the CDC reports, suffer from chronic insomnia -- you're at greater risk for associated ailments like depression, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Yikes! Mamas, it's time to slow down, assess your rest routine and celebrate Better Sleep Month this May.
I have tried everything. Before that clock jumps ahead in the spring, I have spent two weeks inching back that bedtime, 5-10 minutes at a time. Nope. The kid isn't fooled. In the fall, I have allowed him to stay up a little later, in hopes that he would sleep in and save me from an oh-my-goodness-it-can't-possibly-be-morning-yet wakeup time. Again, no dice. So I am out of options, except for possibly reciting the Serenity Prayer for the next few months while my kids get their little internal clocks worked out to match Daylight Savings Time.
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