You must commend the amount of strength and dedication parents these days invest in nurturing their family. From making meals and managing messes to negotiating naptimes and bedtimes, and often working outside of the home, too. So it isn’t surprising that when the house finally falls silent of little footsteps for the night, parents are more than ready for some adult relaxation time.
The problem is that “me time” can translate into habits that keep you up too late or negatively impact sleep once you do turn out the lights. That can quickly lead to next-day fatigue: hardly what any overworked parent needs. Furthermore, just as irregular or late bedtimes can lead to behavior problems in children, for parents it can turn into irritability, high-stress levels, and less patience to deal with children’s daily antics. Instead of a nightcap and a TV binge, consider these three evening rituals that allow you to get the relaxation you want—without sacrificing the sleep you need.
As enjoyable as a glass of wine is, alcohol can actually change your body’s sleep cycles, making you wake up more frequently during the night.
So instead of alcohol, a cup of chamomile tea will do. Luckily, you don’t need alcohol to relax. Herbal, caffeine-free teas, such as chamomile, have a soothing effect that may help you unwind—and stay that way.
Watching TV into late nights affects your sleep as the light from the screen impacts your body’s sleep rhythms, and you could find yourself tossing and turning long after the mystery is solved.
Instead of TV try listening to a podcast and having a bath. A better escape is to Climb into a stress-relieving bath (bubbles optional) and hook yourself up with an entertaining podcast for stories without the screen.
Social media is addictive and it’s the black hole that sucks up most of our quality time. It’s an important part of our lives because we use it to keep up with your friends.
Instead of spending your evening scanning the lives of hundreds of acquaintances, you could connect with just one friend you really like. Instead of the Facebook app, put a call through to your friend. You can talk about what’s going on in your life, and go to sleep without being riled up by random inflammatory post.