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I don’t set alarms for the morning anymore. Now what I wake up to is the patter of little feet getting louder as they reach my bedroom door. I hear my oldest whisper into my youngest’s ear and tell her exactly what to say. Then my 3 year old so bravely walks into my room, around the bed to my side (never their father’s, of course), and I hear a little, “Mom, can we wake up?”
For almost all of November I’d say yes then just roll over and go back to sleep. I was never ready to get up when they were up. I’d hear the tv go on and I’d be in bed for another hour or so until I felt more rested.
With a 3 year old, 5 year old, and 6 year old freely roaming the house (and frig) you can imagine how this just doesn’t work. It’s just not a good idea.
I knew I needed to start getting up with the kids and preferably before them. But I didn’t want to be dragging all morning either. I needed to figure out how to feel more rested in the morning. Turns out, it’s not that complicated.
I only had to make a few little changes to my evening to get a good rest and actually feel rested when I woke up the next morning. It was like night and day when I made these changes (see what I did there?)
And these are changes that you can make, too, if you are tired of waking up tired.
I drank more water.
In the evening I made an effort to drink only water. I drink several glasses of water after supper. This means I am not drinking sugary or caffeinated drinks and it also means I don’t have an appetite for foods that might keep me up at night.
I made an effort to be active after supper.
Some nights this means getting over to the gym. Some nights this means going for a walk with the kids. Some nights this just means walking around the house tidying it up. The point is that I don’t just sit on the couch after supper and call it a night. I get up and use up some of that energy I got from my supper.
I only eat light snacks before bed.
I almost always have a snack before bed. But I choose light snacks like a small bowl of popcorn, apple and soy butter, or a small bowl of cereal. I don’t stuff myself. I get just enough to help me sleep soundly. Especially nights that I use the gym after supper I need to have a little snack before bed to be able to stay asleep all night. Just remember to keep it light as carbs will give you energy- the exact opposite of what we want before bed.
I go to bed at a decent hour.
This may seem like a no brainer but it was the hardest change for me to make. My husband is a night owl and he goes to bed way later than me. I don’t love going to bed alone so most nights I would just lay on the couch until I fell asleep (usually around midnight) then get up and go to bed a couple hours later when he went to bed. This was horrible for my sleep. Most nights I would lay awake for hours in bed before being able to fall back asleep.
So now, as much as I would love to stay up with my husband I see the need for me to fall asleep at a decent hour in my own bed. I started going to bed between 10-11:00 PM. This probably seems really late still but it’s all about baby steps!
Now after doing these four things: drinking more water, getting active after supper, eating only light snacks in the evening, and going to bed at a decent hour I am able to wake up with my kids and actually feel ready to get out of bed in the morning.
It feels great.
It’s not easy making a change in our routines and schedules but it is worth it.
What steps do you need to take to start getting a better rest at night?
Which of these things do you struggle with the most?
Are you like me and need to make all 4 changes?
Make the changes tonight and I can guarantee you will feel rested tomorrow!
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