Did you know May is Better Sleep Month? Celebrated by the sleep industry, its purpose is to raise awareness about the benefits of better sleep and how poor sleep can disrupt our lives. Partnering with the Better Sleep Council, I’m working towards establishing a better bedtime routine for myself and my kids.
Better Bedtime Routine
Talking with friends and being a long-time insomnia sufferer, I know I’m not alone in this. Finding an extra hour of sleep can help you feel better and more prepared to face the day.
For example, when we have special activities planned for the day with our kids, we put them to bed earlier to ensure better sleep.
In fact, by establishing bedtime routines for them, we’ve inadvertently established routines for ourselves. This has led to us being more in tune with “sleeping like a kid” than we have been in previous years.
Having children in the house that need us to be alert and ready to go each morning actually inspires us to establish a better bedtime routine through the following tips.
In today’s connected world, it’s important to unplug as you begin your bedtime routine. Lighting from electronics stimulates your brain and makes it harder to shut it down. Keep your bedroom a no electronics zone.
Create a Sanctuary
Your bedroom should be a comfortable room made for relaxing. The more you can minimize external noise and lights, the better sleep environment you will have. Dark, quiet, cool and cozy is key to a good night’s sleep.
Unwind and Relax
Whether you find a warm bath or reading a book relaxing, find an activity that works to help you free your mind. Ease your body and mind into sleep mode by meditating and releasing the worries of the day.
Stick to a Schedule
Help your body regulate its sleep patterns by being consistent with your bedtime and wake up time. By keeping your body’s natural circadian rhythms, your brain will better understand when it’s time to sleep and wake up.
When we, as parents, think about how easy it is to do these things for our kids, we should more readily understand how we should be able to do these things for ourselves.
We send our kids upstairs by telling them, “It’s time to get ready for bed.” They know this means they need to get into their pajamas, do their regular bathroom routine, say their “goodnights” and hop into bed.
The older two girls are done with a hug and the youngest has reading time with Daddy before drifting off to sleep. The house goes dark and quiet, and Colby and I begin our own bedtime routine. The one we realized we needed by establishing the habit for our kids.
What tips do you have for establishing a better bedtime routine?
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