A good night’s sleep can be a luxury as a mom, and here are several ways I try to make the most of my shut eye.
Sleep advice from a mom of a toddler and a 5 month old may seem a bit silly. However, I truly have to maximize my hours in order to function as a present, energetic mom. We are out of the around-the-clock nursing stage, so I feel like I have a better grasp of what needs to happen for a quality night sleep.
1. Establish a Bedtime Routine
Your kids thrive as a result of a bedtime routine (bath, brush teeth, pajamas and read), and you do too! I wind down by spending some time preparing for the next day, maybe watch a little television, then it’s to bed to read.
I have to read before bed regardless of how tired I am.
And, if I have a great book, I’m even more motivated to get to bed earlier. Currently, I’m reading All the Light We Cannot See.
2. No TV in the Bedroom
Since Spencer and I have been married, we agreed there would be no television in the bedroom. I’d rather read, spend time with him, or enjoy our quiet time…ahem, no kids talking, screaming, begging, crying…you get the picture.
3. Comfortable Supportive Mattress
I am beyond excited about our new REM-Fit Sleep 300 mattress! Spencer and I were just talking about upgrading our pillow top that has seen better days. My back has been really stiff lately, I thought, due to carrying a baby around, but more so because I’m not getting a restorative sleep at night. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to review a mattress of this quality, and it couldn’t come at a better time.
At first, I was skeptical when it came in a box this size!
After unpacking, it returned to it’s glorious shape.
Cooper thought it was for him, of course.
This mattress is a game changer for me, and I couldn’t be happier.
It took only one night’s sleep to tell a difference. My back was not sore upon waking. In fact, I barely moved at night, and that hasn’t happened since before this last pregnancy.
When you look at the support involved, you can see why this mattress is a difference maker.
Although it can be on the pricier side, investing in your sleep pays off. Consider how much time is spent in your bed? It better be worth it.
4. Cool Sleeping Environment
I’ve read that the ideal sleeping temperature is 67*. This is easier and more cost effective to do in certain seasons. Thankfully, the Sleep 300 mattress also features a natural Re-Ax Unleashed fiber with Hi-Flow Knit to keep you cool and comfortable while you recover and get a great night of sleep.
It’s still pretty cool here in Chicago, so it makes for a comfortable night’s sleep. Notably, I have yet to wake up drenched in sweat. I know that sounds gross, but hormones can be tricky following pregnancy, and there were nights I had to change my shirt! Note that this mattress is also moisture wicking with protection against bacteria.
And, this mattress also includes the REM-Fit Sleep 300 monitor that measures sleep quality without wearing a watch or band of any sort. It then syncs to your phone to record the data.
5. Regular Exercise
I’m sure it’s no surprise to regular readers that exercise would pop up in this post, right? There’s no doubt that the days I complete a solid workout, I sleep much more soundly.
Even if I only have time for a 20-30 minute workout (which is the norm these days), I push the intensity and, in turn, feel more alert during the day. That leads to a productive day where I’m ready to for a quality night sleep.
Quality sleep is crucial to our daily performance and a worthy investment for our overall well-being and health.
What steps do you take to ensure a good night’s sleep?
Disclaimer: I received the REM-Fit 300 Sleep mattress in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I appreciate your continued support!