As a parent of five, I’m kidding myself if I think I’m going to get eight hours of sleep every night. But there are a few tricks to making sure you get a decent amount of sleep on most nights.
Ideally, parenting is a two-person job. Dads, that means helping out with midnight feedings and diaper changes and stepping in to watch the kids so your wife can nap when she needs to. You may not be able to breastfeed, but anyone can change a diaper!
Sleep In Chunks
Until modern times, humans were accustomed to sleeping in four-hour chunks. They would go to bed around sundown, then wake up for a couple of hours of quiet meditative time (or according to this study, frisky time), before going to sleep for another four hours. Point is, you don’t have to get all eight hours of sleep in a row.
Naps Are Your Best Friend
Studies show that a nap as brief as twenty minutes can revive you. Sneak it in when you can, and make sure you’re there to help out when your spouse needs a nap. Don’t feel like you have to sleep when you’re not tired, and when you do feel exhausted try to make sleep, or even a twenty nap happen. Listen to your body, and don’t feel anxious if you’re not always meeting your eight-hour requirement. We all know anxiety doesn’t do anything for restful sleep! Just do your best, and ask for help when you need it.
Banish Electronics From the Bedroom
Tori and I do not abide by this, but we hear it helps! Doctors recommend keeping your bedroom free of television, computers, phones, digital clocks – anything that emits blue light stimulates your mind and tricks your body into thinking it’s early morning. So in this case, do as we say not as we do!
What are your tips for getting enough sleep?
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