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Who doesn’t need more sleep? Man do I ever! Just think about how lovely it would be to sleep one hour later every day this summer! (How’s that for a little slice of Heaven?) Can’t sleep later in the morning? How about going to bed an hour earlier. (That one’s for my good friend Meg, over at the earth friendly shoppe, who NEVER goes to bed before midnight.)
Why should we rearrange our crazy busy lives, and possibly go to bed with unfinished tasks? Great question. Getting more sleep makes one feel better (and far less cranky), reduces ones risk for adult onset diabetes, high blood pressure and the vitally important reduction in those unsightly under eye circles (even the coldest cucumber slices or frozen spoon bowls can’t completely rid a body of them!). Just think how much fresher you will look and feel!
How to convince the kiddos to let you sleep in? That’s not an easy task. On non-school days the kiddos know that they have to play quietly in their rooms (or, better yet, SLEEP) until 8am. This works well for the older kids who can read time on the digital clocks in their rooms. The youngest runs into my room several times each morning and yells, “Mommy, Is it eight o’clock yet?”. *Sigh* She’ll figure it out eventually. In the meantime, I am sticking to putting their cute, little, bottoms in bed by 8pm and crawling into bed earlier myself.
To allow yourself more time in the mornings, handle all possible tasks the night before. In my world this includes, packing lunches and laying out clothes. Some people go as far as getting breakfast ready. Figure out what works for you and actually makes life easier. Then run with it.
For some, falling asleep at night is difficult. I know it can be for me! To combat this, we try to turn off electronic stimulation (TV, Computer, Phones, etc…) 30-60 minutes before going to bed. Then I do something RELAXING, like read or take a bath or shower. It’s amazing how much better I sleep at night if I take a shower before bed.
If you are like Oregon Dad and just can’t fall asleep at night (or stay asleep for the night) try adding Fish Oil supplements to your diet. Sipping a calming tea or glass of wine before bed may also help.
Ahhhhh… lovely, precious, sleep. It’s a great thing. Go on, it’s okay to get more of it!