Secrets of Well-Rested Moms

If you think that the greatest invention ever known to man is the snooze button on the alarm clock, then you are clearly manifesting signs of lack of sleep.  Although it may be all too common to hear of moms who beg for those extra five minutes of sleep every time the alarm goes off in the morning, it is an indication that these people are not getting the rest they badly need.

The important thing sleepless moms have to do is to reprogram their bodies.  Remember, we aren’t nocturnal animals, so as much as we can, we should do all our duties during the daytime.  Owls are owls, people are people.  But if you’ve always been a night person, how exactly can you re-engineer yourself into being a morning person?

Change your wake up time.  Harsh as it sounds, you have to force yourself to stick to a new time to get up in the morning.  Try setting your alarm clock to 530am, for instance, and when it goes off, just get up even if you don’t feel like it. You must do this even on weekends when it’s so tempting to sleep in.  Eventually, your body will adjust to your new wake up time.

Don’t bite off more than you can chew.  Do you really have to take that extra writing job, even if it’ll eat up more of your time?  If you really must, then do your extra work during the day.  Squeeze it in with your regular job (like I do!), so when you come home from work, you should just spend the time winding down and relaxing.

Keep naps at bay.  If you feel the pangs of fatigue creep in throughout the day, try to keep busy instead of taking a nap.  It will only make you feel more tired.  Talk to a friend or just do something- anything!  When night time comes, you’ll be so sleepy that you’d want to hit the sack early.   This will then help you adjust to the early morning start.

Once you’ve successfully transformed yourself into a morning person, you’ll soon discover that you’re no longer that cranky mom who masterfully stifles a yawn as you drive your son to soccer practice.



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  1. ***Sigh*** I’m one of those moms. I’m not a morning person and yes, I badly need enough rest – my 8 hours of sleep. Will try these tips out.

  2. You make so much sense. I am often tempted to go to bed early or take a nap but then if I do take a nap I have trouble sleeping at night. I also try to do some things in the evening to get organized for the next day, like making my lunch. It just makes the morning go a bit smoother. Thanks for the advice!

  3. Great advice! Though it sounds easier said than done. We’ve been getting up earlier for school and while the getting up part is easier, the getting to bed earlier is getting harder. The one thing going for me is that I’ve never been a good napper.

  4. I’m not a mom YET, but I know how stressful it could be. If I can’t manage my time and body now that I’m still young and single then how much more when I have a husband and kids too, right? Haha! I’ll share this with my mom <3

  5. Great post! This made me appreciate my Mommy more.. :) I find this helpful even for non-moms like me.. hehe. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I’m never a morning person. But being a mom forces you to become one.

  7. Good advice! For me what works is to get to bed earlier. Because I just hate the feeling of not being ready to get up in the morning.

  8. I wish I could wake up later. I wake up at 5:30am every day to take the kids to school. XD

  9. makes me feel guilty – i love snooze and i love taking naps! i get sleepy whenever i put the girls to nap (yeah, excuse!LOL!)

  10. I am up every morning with out an alarm…that rare time I might sleep until it goes off–I’m up right away—I DO however take a 10-15minute cat nap about 1/2 before the kids come home-I don’t find to be more tired—unless it goes longer then 15 minutes.

  11. This is very useful for me and to all mother out there, thanks for sharing this tips :)..

  12. I’m not sure I could manage the 5.30am wake ups! I know this will be coming to me as well as many more throughout the night once the baby’s here but that can wait till January ;) great post though x

  13. 8 hrs is what I need. I used to hit the snooze button all the time, but now I resist and I find I’m wide awake and fresh as a result!

  14. I take note of your advice, I want to appreciate my mom who give so much time for me every morning and after school, I wonder how close and so much bonding we are when I wasn’t able to learn how to speak. I just appreciate your post how tiring is the life of busy mom. Well-Rested mom is a blessing

  15. I think we are so accustomed to doing too much in the evening (watching mindless tv!) and therefore staying up too late. I have become more of a morning person in recent years and actually enjoy it! The morning hours are so peaceful. I do have to disagree with you on the nap thing – I will do a 10 -20 minute “nap” – really a deep relaxation as I don’t fall asleep. I get up feeling very refreshed. Do agree that if its a long nap – an hour or longer – yes, I’ll be more tired than before. Thanks for visiting my blog, have a great week!

  16. I’m guilty of Item No. 2: biting off more than I can chew; that’s because I have blog tasks/posts to finish on top of my full-time job. I know I need to sleep more to be able to give more to my family, to my work and to my blogs.

  17. I am so BLESSED that my hubby brings me my coffee while I’m still in bed. When he arrives, I sit up, turn on the news and take a moment to WAKE UP. This all takes place about 6:30-6:45 AM. Then shower and get to work. I have a very hard time getting up with an alarm, and I make sure he knows how much I appreciate his thoughtfulness!

  18. Great tips, sis! A refreshed mom is a happy mom.

  19. I’m a night person also, thats funny that you said we’re not nocturnal cause me and my daughter joke that we are. One of my tricks is to keep a bottle of melatonin handy, it works pretty well!(:

  20. These are some great tips!

  21. oh I need this! 5:30 is a must. and I exercise too – i have to run 4-5 times a week. I feel much more relaxed and confident as a parent knowing I take care of my health with exercise.

  22. musings of a working mom says

    ooh, i think i really needed this tip. I have been abusing my body for sometime, i lack sleep and sometimes my brain is already dead tired. But what if i did not do it, i needed that extra cash to pay the ranking bills.

  23. Great tips! I’m a nocturnal person since I work on graveyard shift. Thank God I don’t have sleeping problems! :)

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