“Early to bed, early to rise…”

how to get better sleep - 4 tips for getting a more restful sleep

“…is a great idea unless you’re a toddler’s mom.”

Current status: everyone in my house is sleeping now, except for me. I was able to snag a short nap but was interrupted when my toddler realized that he was awake and I was asleep. I’m not terribly disappointed though, since I do have a bunch of writing to do this afternoon for various outlets.

It’s time for Makeover Your Evenings: Day 6! Today’s topic is sleep. Oh, blissful sleep. How I do adore you.

Before I was a mom, I was convinced I couldn’t function without the full 8-10 hours. I never get 8-10 hours anymore, but I have noticed a few things that impact the quality of sleep I do get.

CALM-DOWN TIME

This is required about 20 minutes before I go to sleep. This is the time where I’m not actively “doing” something. This time is for reading a book, finishing up a movie, or talking to Peter. This is not the time for cleaning up, getting into a conversation on Facebook, or writing an article. My brain needs to wind down and get into “stop-doing” mode instead of thinking of what comes next.

A CLEAN KITCHEN

Earlier this week I was finishing up the dishes at 10pm. Peter asked why I didn’t leave them in the sink and do them in the morning, and I told him that I have noticed a direct correlation between the cleanliness of the kitchen and the amount of restful sleep I get. Having a clean kitchen means I can sleep more soundly, knowing that I don’t have to worry about waking up in time to clean it before I leave for work.

A TO-DO LIST

Writing down the key things to do the next day is a key piece to my sleep. Again, I can relieve my brain of its duty to remember important things the next day when I just write them down. My brain can relax.

DON’T DRINK COFFEE PAST 4PM

If I do, I can’t fall asleep. I will be physically tired but mentally alert. At best, this leads to fitful sleep.

These four disciplines have made a world of difference. I know that life will not always be this crazy. At some point in the future, I will be able to sleep again. Right now, in this season of work, toddler, and writing, my focus is on maximizing the quality of sleep that I do get.

And Sunday afternoon naps are the bomb.

 

Are you following along with this challenge? If you haven’t gotten your copy of Crystal Paine’s Makeover Your Evenings 14-day course, you can purchase it here.

 

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2 thoughts on ““Early to bed, early to rise…”

    1. I agree! I find the largest sleep-waster I have is scrolling on my phone after I’be already turned in for the night.

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