Your day can go really wrong very quickly if you don’t get enough sleep the night before. In fact, it can be disastrous. You can be cranky with the kids, forget to pick up the ingredients for dinner at the store. Or, even miss an important appointment. But getting a good night’s rest isn’t always the easiest thing in the world. So if you are struggling in with this, read on for some tips that just might help.
Don’t eat too much sugar
One of the ways you can get a great night’s rest is to cut out sugar in the evening. Yes I know it’s really nice to have a sweet treat in front of the TV once you have finally got the kids to bed. It like a reward for getting through the day. But too much sugar in the evening can ‘hop you up’ so you find winding down and falling asleep naturally, difficult.
You can either cut out sugar after 5 pm completely or try eating only fruit after your dinner. As the sugars fruit are better absorbed by the body and don’t cause such a rush effect as the processed white variety found in candy and chocolate does.
Don’t drink caffeinated drinks
Another substance that is responsible for keeping you up at night is caffeine. Now suggesting to some folks that they give us caffeine, is often met with horror and shock. In fact, it is the one thing that gets them through their day!
So instead of cutting this out completely, you have to set a time limited for the last caffeinated drink you can have. Around 6 pm works well is you have a 10 pm bedtime. If you like a hot drink after you make, or before you go to bed try decaffeinated coffee or something like an Ovaltine which or hot milk instead. As these are meant to promote sleepiness.
Don’t forget to be comfy when you sleep
You also need to make sure you are as comfortable as possible when you sleep. This means you need to think about several factors of your sleep routine.
First, make sure your sleepwear is comfortable and suited for the climate that you are in. Brushed cotton pajamas work so well in cold climes, but if you live in Malibu, they aren’t going to keep you as comfortable.
You also need to think about your mattress. Yes, a new mattress can be a little pricey, but having one that is sagging or that the springs are sticking out of, is not going to give you good night’s sleep. You will be tossing and turning all night long. It can be a tremendous problem for your sleep health. A good mattress will go a long way.
When you are looking to replace your mattress, do a little research on review sites like best and worst from thebest-mattress.org, beforehand. So you can guarantee that one you get the comfiest.
Don’t be afraid to set boundaries for the kids
Lastly, another way of getting a good night’s sleep is to have consistent boundaries with you little ones. You can bet that a parent’s number one sleep disturbance is the kids coming in at all times during the night.
To combat this use the firm but fair Supernanny technique. You can find out more about UK legend Supernanny at http://tvtropes.org. Researching her techniques will allow you to reclaim both your evenings and your nights and get a much better nights rest.