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Feeling FRIED? Sleep Tips for Busy Moms

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Ever feel like your life is a timed event?

That all you do is raced from place to place, or task to task, trying to cram as much as possible into your day? Only to collapse into bed and stay up too late watching the Deadliest Catch Marathon ( you know who you are!)

Then you wake up the next day, tired, pissy, and wandering around on autopilot. Emphasis on the PISSY.

Welcome to my world.

At least I know I am not alone. Maybe minus the Deadliest Catch Marathon, but you get my point.

According to a National Sleep Foundation survey, as many as 47 million adults aren’t meeting their minimum sleep needs to be fully alert the next day.

In case you were wondering, not getting enough sleep affects the entire mind and body. Memory and judgement are impaired, and a person becomes listless, depressed, angry, and has unexplained aches and pains. Did I mention they are also pissy?

Add unladylike gas, and a fascination with M&M dispensers to that and they’ve just described ME. (Did you need to know that? TMI?)

Any-hoo, here’s Seven Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep from the National Sleep Foundation. I think I am going to give these a whirl. Certainly couldn’t hurt (as I type this I am painfully aware that I have been up since 3:00 a.m today. No clue why either)

1. Consume less or no caffeine and avoid alcohol

2. Drink less fluids before going to sleep.

3. Avoid heavy meals close to bedtime.

4. Avoid nicotine.

5. Exercise regularly, but do so in the daytime, preferable afternoon.

6. Try a relaxing routine, like soaking in a hot tub or bath before bedtime.

7. Establish a regular bedtime and wake-time schedule.

Nighty-Night. Sleep Tight!


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About Becky Flansburg

Becky Flansburg is freelance writer, blogger and virtual assistant living in Northern Minnesota. A dedicated mom to two beautiful kids, her veteran blog is filled with laughter and love about the joys parenthood. Becky is also committed to helping women realize their work-from-home dreams, enjoy life beyond the cubicle and find clarity in the work/life/family balance. Connect with Becky via her website, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest