Moms, repeat after me: SLEEP IS NOT A LUXURY. WITHOUT IT, I AM NOT AS GOOD AS I CAN BE. I MUST SLEEP.
- I am a physician. In other words, I have had countless sleepless nights during my two decades of schooling. Now years after graduation, it is my crotchety employees and heartbreakingly ill patients that keep me up at night.
- I am a mother of three. As such, I have spent countless sleepless nights rocking colicky babies, cleaning up vomited chocolate milk shakes (by the way, when your little one reports that their tummy hurts, milkshakes in general, are a bad choice) and cramming Christmas presents into various obscure nooks around the house. By the way, these gifts will undoubtedly be forgotten until Easter when you find them while searching for a place to hide eggs.
- Keep bedtimes and wake times the same seven days a week.
- Keep your bedroom comfortably cool and dark.
- Avoid late night exercise, caffeine and alcohol. While you may actually fall asleep faster after a few glasses of wine, your sleep will most likely be disrupted.
- Keep the TV off in your bedroom. Subconscious imagery (good and bad) can really interrupt your sleep.
|Christine Meyer, MD|