It’s 11:00 PM. You’ve had a long, long, day. After cleaning the dinner dishes, making tomorrow’s lunch, having a bit of couch time with the hubby, and making your last round of pick-up, you finally fall into bed. Only to wake up a few hours later, bright eyed and bushy tailed. Why? Why can’t we just fall asleep, and stay asleep? Breezy Mama turned to Sleep Expert and author of the book, Master Your Sleep, Dr. Tracey Marks, for answers.
What advice do you have to help moms get a good night’s sleep?
There are many things that can make it difficult for a mom to get adequate sleep. These obstacles range from job stress, home stress, kids who are not sleeping or having too many responsibilities to name a few. Unique to parents is the added responsibilities of keeping your child’s life organized as well as your own. Many moms have the equivalent of a second job when they get home from work. It is also pretty common for working moms to bring home work left over from the office. After she has taken care of the kids (homework, baths, etc.), she returns to work at home. The evening work prevents her from being able to properly wind down before bed. What’s more, many people will shave off hours of sleep to give them more time to do more things.
Unfortunately, poor sleep makes you inefficient and therefore requires more time to do the things you may ordinarily do in less time if you were well rested. That is, many women think they are helping themselves if they stay up for one more hour to get more work done. But chances are, the next day [Read more…] about Why We Moms Can’t Sleep (and What to Do About It)