This post has been sponsored by the Better Sleep Council. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
As a mom to 4 boys, my day is non-stop. From the moment I get up until the boys go to bed I am constantly moving. At the end of the day you would think a good night’s sleep would come easily, however if I’m not mindful of my sleep habits I won’t get a good night’s sleep. And when Mama doesn’t get enough sleep, she gets cranky, and it affects everyone.
My boys are great sleepers; I swear they could sleep through a marching band parading through our home at night. However, this wasn’t always the case. When my boys were younger, I spent a lot of time researching ways to help them sleep better. Working hard to create better sleep habits for my boys made me realize I need to be more mindful of my sleep habits. I started to implement some of the things that worked for my boys into my nightly routine, and on nights I follow my routine, I sleep like a kid.
Here are my 5 Tips to Sleep Like a Kid
1. Create a Peaceful Sleeping Space
I sleep much better in a clean and clutter-free space. Now, that doesn’t mean my room is always spotless, but it means I always tidy up a bit before bed. A clear space helps me to have a clear mind which makes it so much easier to fall asleep. It’s nice to wake up to a clean slate each morning.
2. Remove Screens from the Bedroom
This is a big one for us. Our bedrooms don’t have a computer, TV or other screens. Bedrooms are for sleeping. (We keep our phones by our beds in case of emergency, but we off notifications while we sleep.)
3. Set a Regular Bedtime
When I give myself a set bedtime, it helps my brain to know when to wind down. As bedtime approaches and I start my nightly routine, my body starts to relax, and all that much easier for me to fall asleep.
4. Wind Down
I need 30 minutes to wind down at the end of the day. I can’t do hard mental or physical work right before bed, my brain will be racing while laying in bed trying to sleep. I have to set aside time to decompress before climbing into bed. I’ll do yoga, prayer, meditation, a bath, reading, or some relaxing activity to slow my mind and my body.
5. Sleep on a Comfortable Bed and Mattress
A comfortable bed can make a world of difference in getting a good night’s sleep. Everyone has their preferences for how they like to sleep, so finding what works for you might take a little research or trial and error. A comfortable mattress, pillow, and bedding are all key to getting a good night’s rest.
At the end of a long day, I love climbing into my bed, knowing I will sleep well. By following a simple nighttime routine, I know that my kids will sleep well, and I will sleep like a kid.
Check out the Better Sleep Council for more tips on sleeping like a kid. Bedding leaders and sleep experts formed the Better Sleep Council to help people start every day with a good night’s rest. May is Better Sleep Month, and it aims to raise awareness about the benefits of better sleep and how poor sleep can disrupt our lives.
What are your nightly routines that help you sleep better?
The Better Sleep Council sponsors this post. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the views of the Better Sleep Council.