This is a Type-A Parent paid post to discuss sleep issues, and to share a new insomnia resource from the National Sleep Foundation.
I typically blog about money saving tips but this issue has become a priority in my life, so I thought I’d share my journey with you in case you can relate.
Do you have problems sleeping or are you the type of person whose head hits the pillow and you are out? Unfortunately I usually don’t fall into the latter category. Regardless of how tired I am I typically lay in bed thinking about the day’s events and the three hundred million things I have on my to-do list. I am sure many of you can relate especially those of you who are parents. According to a National Sleep Foundation poll, “74 percent of stay-at-home moms reported symptoms of insomnia.” Wowza! There’s a lot of us!
According to the National Sleep Foundation, “Insomnia in parenthood can come from having to multitask and balance busy lives, complicated schedules, and multiple sets of needs on a daily basis. Some parents find it hard to be “on” all day, managing kids and work demands, and then disconnect completely enough to rest well at night. Instead, lying down in bed brings spinning thoughts of to-do lists and worries about family matters, both small and large.” Yep, my hand is raised!
Another reason I have trouble sleeping is that I blog late at night and have a difficult time shutting my brain down even long after my computer has been turned off.
Sleep Solutions – They Worked For Me!
One solution I have found to recover the hours of sleep I am missing is to take a nap during the day. This nap may only be 20-30 minutes but it can work wonders on how I feel and my energy level. It is no understatement to say that naps are easily one of my favorite things in the world! I developed my fondness for naps while in college. Napping helped me take a break from studying and recharge for more work in the evening.
As parents I know it is hard to take time for ourselves because when the kids nap it is our time to actually get work done, but I assure you your time could not be better spent than curling up with a cozy blanket and pillow and sleeping or at the very least resting. Besides when the kids wake up or get home from school they are ready to go so catching some sleep then is not an option. I have tried to convince my son the napping game is a blast, but he much prefers jumping off the couch or ramming his cars into the wall. 🙂
I have also started making a concerted effort to shut down my computer at least 20 minutes before I head to bed. I would like to extend that to as much as an hour, but currently that is not feasible. Also, to help reduce the urge to go over my mental to-do list a thousand times before I fall asleep it has been helpful to take few minutes in the afternoon or early evening to jot down what’s on my mind. Once I feel like our family’s happenings are in order I am more able to relax at night.
These are just a couple of solutions that have worked for me to get a better night’s sleep, please share in the comments what works for you.
Be sure to check out a new resource from the National Sleep Foundation at sleepfoundation.org/insomnia – a good place to start if you think you have insomnia or aren’t sleeping. The National Sleep Foundation is your trusted resource for everything sleep – understanding how sleep works & why it’s important, learning healthy habits, creating a relaxing bedroom & bedtime routine, & finding solutions to your sleep issues.