Are You a Sleep Deprived Parent?

  • 04, 10, 2015
  •  Family Health 
  • Once you become a parent, you focus all of your energy and attention on your children. After all, their health and safety are all that matter for you. However, in order to provide them with love and care, you need to stay healthy so that you have the energy to take over the day. If sleep deprivation is something you struggle with constantly, you need to find ways to improve your sleep quality. Here are some tips that will hep you have a well-deserved rest.

    Try to sleep for at least 7 hours a night

    Whether you are a single parent or you’re both in this, sleep is not something that’s on your mind. As a parent, you may be willing to sacrifice your need for sleep so that you can keep your children happy and healthy. However, it’s important to maintain a good bedroom routine and try to sleep for at least 6-7 hours every night. As a word of advice, try to go to bed before midnight because you can wake up feeling more tired in the morning.

    Use a sound machine to get more relaxed

    If you are trying to relax after you’ve put your kids to bed, you can use a sleep sound machine to get best results. By listening to the peaceful and soothing sounds of rain, ocean, wind etc, you will instantly feel more calm and manage to fall asleep faster. Some sleep machines include a white noise option, which allows you to cover background noises with the white noise sound so you will no longer be disturbed by traffic, snoring, or other sounds. This is a great feature for those of you with small children that make a lot of noise.

    Avoid watching TV before going to sleep

    Watching TV before bed is not advisable because it can make you feel energized and distracted, so you will end up staying late. Most people find it very comforting falling asleep while watching a good TV show. While this is not entirely recommended, you can at least consider setting the TV to shut off after one hour or so, so that you won’t have to wake up in the middle of the night to turn off the TV.

    Should you take a sleep aid?

    While some sleeping pills contain synthetic chemicals that can produce adverse effects on your health, there are also some sleep aids that contain only natural ingredients. Alteril, for instance, is made of natural ingredients, such as Valerian root, so it will not cause you any health problems. Alteril, as in the case of other sleep aids, should be taken an hour before going to bed.

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