Following is a guest post from Catherine. It’s making me sleepy. Very, very sleepy…
What is one thing we can never get enough of but when we do, we crave even more? It can make or break our day. For years we gave it away freely, then the moment we became mothers we wished we could get it all back.
- Realize most everyone needs at least 7 hours of sleep. You may think you can live on 4 but you would be shocked what lack of sleep is doing to your body.
- Make it a priority. You have to set a bedtime and stick to it. It takes being intentional and shutting off the computer or the T.V., closing the book and actually going to bed. I always tell my 5 year old that you can’t really say “I can’t sleep” until you have actually laid in your bed for at least 20 minutes, being up and about in your room does not count. Your body and brain need the signal that it is time for sleeping and usually is not happening when you are standing up!
- Exercise. Sounds a bit contrary I know, but getting enough exercise has a direct link to how well you can sleep. I am a firm believer in moving your body more, eating a bit less and watching the transformation of health.
- Eat a lighter evening meal. The more you eat and the later into the evening you eat the harder it is for your body to sleep. It is busy digesting food and perhaps if you eat the wrong kinds of food (high in sugar and fats) you will find yourself up in the middle of the night with indigestion.
- Get up 30 minutes earlier than you do right now. You will find that if you wake up just 30 minutes early you will be able to accomplish more in your day (instead of doing so much late at night). Use the nights for sleeping as often as you can.
- Power Nap if you can. Some days you just need a nap. Studies show that a 20 minute power nap can do wonders for your attitude, focus and mentality. I realize that most of us don’t have the luxury of napping every day but once in awhile it can really do a mommy good!
Catherine is a mother of three children–ages seven, five, and two. She’s been blessed with many opportunities over the past six years to practice walking in her “shoes of life” (many of which she did not choose). With a very full plate, she finds strength in simple ideas, inspiring others, and keeping things in perspective.
Catherine writes at The Shoe Box Daily, sharing inspiration for your shoes!
This post is linked to Works for Me Wednesday.