- My mood
- My personality
- My thinking
- My ability to cope with problems
- My creativity
- My ability to remember
- My health & well being.
When I do not get a good nights sleep, I am not the most fun-loving, caring, patient mom that I want to be.. I am more irritable and short with my words. So my lack of a good nights rest, doesn’t just affect me. It affects my family as well.
Yup. I feel like I’ve been running on fumes with my lack of consistent sleeping. I’m the grumpy, coffee clutching mom that’s not in the mood for play-dough and painting.
There are many of us that need more uninterrupted sleep.
On average, nearly three-quarters of Americans (72%) are missing out on almost three weeks of sleep per year (470 hours).
Shut Eye Strategies for a Better Night Sleep
Putting these shut-eye strategies to work.
These strategies POSITIVELY AFFECTED MY NIGHTS SLEEP.
- For the first time in a L-O-N-G time, I actually woke up on my own 5 minutes before my alarm clock sounded.
- I have been getting at least 1 4 hour stretch of sleep every night. (I’ve got a waking toddler who hasn’t got this sleep message yet)
- I’ve been waking up more refreshed and ready to hit the ground running each morning.
- My mood has been more even keel and I am better able to cope with minor bumps.
- My kids and husband have commented on the positive effects of me getting a better sleep =)
Hoping to Improve your Sleep?
- What time you are going to bed.
- What time you are waking up.
- How you are feeling when you wake up. Are you groggy or well rested?
- Your general feelings about sleep.
- What factors may be influencing you ability to fall and stay sleeping.
- Are you making time for exercise? If so, what time of day?
- Are you signing off from media 1 hour before bedtime? NO? What can you change so this is possible?
- Are you “pampering yourself” in the final hour before bed? Don’t forget to take this time to slow down and get comfortable.
- Are you going dark for bedtime? Try it and see how it affects your ability to not only sleep, but stay sleeping.
While most Americans acknowledge the importance of a healthy shut-eye strategy, only half regularly follow one. And for people with insomnia, practicing these strategies alone may not be enough.
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