I woke up about an hour late this morning, because I barely slept last night. My body was tired, but I could not get my mind to rest. There’s a lot going on up there and I had something dropped in my lap at the very last minute yesterday, that had me all worked up and stressed out. All of which was out of my control, but knowing that helped nothing.
As I laid in bed, all of my thoughts ran so recklessly in my head. I tried
writing putting all of my ideas and stuff that I had to do the next day or two in my notes app, to at least settle my mind, But as soon as I closed out the app, I toggled over to my social media channels just to check one last thing. So my attempt to wind down worked to no avail.
If I’m lucky, and I’m able to go to shut down my thoughts and put down my phone, I’m an extremely light sleeper. I feel like I can hear my son breathing from his room some nights. I’m not one to close my door or listen to nature CDs–because I’d rather be able to hear what’s going on in my home, so unless I am totally wore out, chances are, I’m not going to rest as well as I should.
Well, I got a text from one of my married mommy sister-friends this morning with snippets of this video that she thought would be great for the blog. Girlfriend, you were right on time with this!
After watching it, I learned that women are in fact “biologically wired” to sleep lighter. And here I was thinking that this was one of my unfortunate traits, because I know plenty of moms that never complain about this problem.
I also learned that men get less sleep than women, parents get less sleep than the parentless, mommies get less sleep than women without children and…drum roll please…single mommies get the least sleep of all, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC also reports that sleep deprivation has a significant impact on our health and well-being, which I’m sure we all know, but need to be reminded of constantly.
On the Good Morning America segment, Dr. Jennifer Ashton, weighed in and gave out a few good professional tips on how to get more sleep:
COMMIT TO 7 HOURS A NIGHT
I plan on taking her advice. Getting the minimum of 7 hours of sleep might require me to commit to an earlier bed time. I’m a night owl, I love burning the midnight oil–nothing is wrong with that–but whenever I fall alseep after mindnight, even with the luxury of being able to sleep in a little later as a stay-at-home, home-schooling mommy, I noticed that I’m much more lethargic in the morning.
DROP THE GUILT
Dropping the guilt of not getting things done, is definitiely something I have to work on. I’m going to work on convincing myself that things can in fact wait, that life doesn’t end, if there are a few dirty dishes in the sink–one of my biggest pet peeves.
I know some single and married mommies that drink a glass of wine or two a night, just to relax. The occasional glass is definitely okay. I’ll have some red wine every once and awhile, but we have to be careful not to get to the point that we depend on it to go to sleep. That’s when it becomes a serious problem.
I’ve tried reading in the past, and unless I can really focus in on the material, my thoughts that are ruling and reigning my headspace, often get the best of me. So medication/prayer is something that I’m going to put into practice immediately…because this mommy needs her rest…we all do!
Hope you’re feeling inspired!
Until next time Mommies,
P.S. You can check out the GMA video for yourself on the link below: