Today I realized something. When I go to bed and sleep 8 hours I feel like a nicer mommy, happier wife and smarter individual.


Except, how do I get 8 hours of sleep each night and feel like this every day? Is that possible? I mean honestly – except I did the math and yes it is possible we just have forgotten how to go to bed the same time each night and count! According to the Mayo Clinic adults need 7-9 hours of sleep to function at their best and I’m telling you my magic number is E-I-G-H-T! The National Foundation for Sleep even links an increase of accidents and illness to short periods of sleep.

Heading to bed at 10pm and waking up at 6am equals 8 hours of sleep! That is completely achievable (if I say goodnight to Facebook and Twitter earlier). To accomplish this and feel better each day and mentally be sharper and a nicer mom and wife I’m following some of these tips from the National Foundation for Sleep:

-Establish consistent sleep and wake schedules, even on weekends

-Create a regular, relaxing bedtime routine such as soaking in a hot bath or listening to soothing music – begin an hour or more before the time you expect to fall asleep

-Create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool

-Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows

-Use your bedroom only for sleep and sex (keep “sleep stealers” out of the bedroom – avoid watching TV, using a computer or reading in bed)

-Finish eating at least 2-3 hours before your regular bedtime

-Exercise regularly during the day or at least a few hours before bedtime

-Avoid caffeine and alcohol products close to bedtime and give up smoking

How many hours of sleep do you get each night? What is your magic sleep number?

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