10 Ways Working Parents Can Get More Sleep

January 31, 2019

Career Advice

Life as a working parent is not easy. And there’s one complaint all parents have: I’m tired. So what’s the solution? Get more sleep, obviously. HA! Right? But there are a few steps you can take to ensure that you get a bit more sleep than you do right now. It all starts with prioritizing that sacred sleep time knowing that you’ll be a better parent and a better employee when you’re well rested.

  1. Prepare for the next day the night before. You’ll be able to sleep better knowing that you set yourself up for success tomorrow morning. That might mean packing lunches, picking out clothes, or just mentally going through the day’s schedule.
  2. Cut the caffeine in the early afternoon. (And try cutting back on it overall if you can. You’ll wake up more rested and without a caffeine headache.)
  3. Consider purchasing an alarm clock instead of having your phone sit next to your bed, tempting you to pick it up.
  4. Set an alarm each night for 30 minutes before your bedtime. At that time, put everything away, head to the bedroom, and start your evening routine. No excuses.
  5. What evening routine? You have a bedtime routine for your kids, why not yourself? Start a process that calms you down from drinking decaf tea to taking a shower to reading a book.
  6. Get some help. Perhaps you can hire someone to clean your house, do your laundry, or deliver your groceries, which can give precious time back to your sleep schedule.
  7. Invest in some sleep aides like a white noise machine, a weighted blanket, or room darkening curtains. These investments will pay off big!
  8. Avoid the blue light before bed. That means no TV, no phone, and careful on the e-reader.
  9. If you have a baby monitor, consider turning off the video feed and only keeping on the audio so the light doesn’t distract you as you sleep.
  10. Dress appropriately. That means yourself and your bed! Upgrade your pajamas, socks, and bedding so that you’re comfortable and warm–or cool if that’s what you’re looking for! Set yourself up for success.

Image via Stewart Baird/Flickr.

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