A tired mom. Does that sound a bit redundant? The words are pretty much synonyms, aren’t they?

If you agree, then you really need to read this article. Moms make it all happen for the people around them, but sometimes mom is the one who needs a break. Here are a few tips and tricks mommies can use to get more rest: 

Sleep every chance you get

Learn to take cat-naps every chance you get. Master the art of sleeping during the early morning dose of the Mickey Mouse Club.  Sleep when grandma gives the children a bath. Sleep when daddy feeds them dinner. While naps do not necessarily make up for inadequate or poor quality nighttime sleep, a short nap of 20-30 minutes can help to improve mood, alertness and performance, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

Stop cleaning

Seriously! Stop cleaning all the time. Stop obsessing with having an immaculate house. Pick one day during the week to do a thorough cleaning, but every other day  (like Elsa in Frozen) just let it go… 

Get a room clock for your older kids

Buy a big wall clock that costs around two dollars at your local store and use it to get your children on a schedule. If your children are old enough, tell them that they are not allowed to wake up mommy until the little hand is on the 7. They’re allowed to read and play in their rooms before then, but they are not allowed to leave the room. This will help you get a few extra hours of sleep in the morning.

Keep your senses stimulated.

If your senses aren't stimulated, then your mind won't be stimulated and you'll be headed toward groggy-mode. If you want to stay alert, you have to work to make sure that your eyes, ears, and even your nose is stimulated throughout the day. Chew gum, turn on as many lights as you can or get some sunlight. And of course, listen to your favorite upbeat music.

 

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