A good night’s sleep

How well we slept last night will greatly impact how much energy we have in the tank today!

It’s easy to say all day how tired we are and cannot wait to get to sleep. What is difficult is making the arrangements to have a successful night’s sleep.

FYI – sleep cycles include REM, stage 1, stage 2 and stage 3 (deep sleep) in fluctuating amounts each cycle per night.

Most moms are in a light sleep, listening for the kids. But it is essential for us to get those quality stage 3 minutes of sleep per night.

Certain things can be obstacles to having a good night’s sleep.

If you watch TV or turn on technology to relax at night, be mindful of what content you are viewing. Do not watch the news or some dramatic TV show, that only alerts your brain, not calms it. Ideally, you unplug from anything with blue light for at least 45 minutes before bed. – Duke University

Take a look around your bedroom and evaluate if it is the most comfortable it can be. Is it dark enough? Is it the right temperature for the season? How’s your pillow? Bedding?

If you cannot turn off your thoughts, grab a journal and jot down a few bullet points. This helps the brain not try to hold on to the thoughts and loop through them. Tomorrow, in the new fresh day, you can re-visit the notebook and see what decisions need to be made or problems need to be solved.

Lastly, find the best relaxation methods for you. Some moms like to take a bubble bath before bed to get the best muscle relaxation. What about instrumental music? Calming sounds app? Bedtime meditation?

Take a big breath in and big exhale out, the day is done. Rest your weary self and get your best night’s sleep to recharge your battery.

Mornings are rough

It is dark now when I wake up, that is not motivating!

How many times should I hit snooze? How long should I stay in bed? How much crap can I search for online on my phone before I even get out of bed?

Ugh.

And it is even worse if you cannot remember the last time you woke up cheerful, energized and eager to start the day.

That’s how I was feeling a few months ago. I dreaded the morning ahead. I was not looking forward to rushing around, preparing myself and the kids for the day.

And the kids noticed it too, they would drag and be resistant to picking out breakfast, finishing breakfast, drinking their milk, brushing their teeth…etc.

I had to do something. I needed a better way to start the morning. I want to share my techniques in my new blog – Morning Jumpstart for Moms. I want to let you know what worked for me – and it is still a work in progress!

Between inspirational words, affirmations, spirituality, a better health plan and humor, I have made a lot of progress. We all have in our household.