May 3, 2011

Let's Talk Sleep

No, not the proper amount of sleep for the kids. We moms always make sure our kids get the proper amount of sleep. I'm talking about the proper amount of sleep for mothers (and fathers too, for that matter). Most adults do not get the recommended 8 hours of sleep each night, and according to this article, we can not fully function on anything less. I don't know about you, but I don't have the extra time in my day to add in any more sleep than what I currently get, which is probably close to 6 hours or so.

So, how does a busy person get that 8 hours of sleep? I get up at 6 am, my kids are up shortly after that, and I get started with my day. My oldest child no longer naps, which means no more nap for me. After doing all the things I need to do throughout the day, getting supper on the table, cleaning up the dishes, and getting the kids to bed, night time is the only time I get for myself. And really, that time is usually spent doing some paperwork or laundry; not my idea of me-time. When I do take some time for myself, I usually walk on the treadmill or take a long bath with a good book or magazine.

I usually go to bed around midnight. Some nights, I get to bed a little after 11. I'm not really sure what I could give up to get more sleep. I am not even sure it would be worth it.

I value that little bit of quiet time to myself. Honestly, if I attempted to go to bed any earlier, I would probably just lay there wide awake. No thank you.

How do you manage to get more sleep at night?

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