Monday, November 2, 2015

Trying (Again) to Get More Sleep

Hi guys! I've decided to try to work on getting more sleep - yes, again! I continue to stay up too late to try to have time to myself while the kids are sleeping. But I'm so tired that I don't make good use of the time. I think I'd be better off either just getting more sleep or getting up earlier and having time before the kids wake up.

Here's my strategy:

*Use Daylight Saving Time to my advantage. My body is ready for sleep an hour "earlier," so I'll just follow its lead. Also, I have to remember that my kids will be awake at their normal time, so I won't be getting an extra hour of sleep in the morning. I have to think about the early wake-up call and get to sleep!

*Make a nighttime routine. I always want to catch up on TV after the kids are in bed, but I need to turn it off an hour before trying to fall asleep. I'm better off reading an old-fashioned book than watching or reading any sort of screen. I love being able to read my kindle with the lights off if Jason is asleep! But I have read many times that looking at lit screens interferes with our ability to fall asleep, so I'm better off using my reading light and letting Jason make a pillow wall to block out the light. 

My routine will be: at 9:30, turn off the TV. 
Take out my contacts and wash my face. 
Make a cup of non-caffeinated tea. 
Drink it while making my to-do list for the next day, or writing in a journal. 
Get all the thoughts out of my head and onto paper so I don't have to think about anything or try to remember anything. 
Then brush my teeth, put on pajamas, and get into to bed to read. 
Turn off all the lights except my reading light on my nightstand. 
Between 10:30 and 11:00, turn off the light and go to sleep.

Do you have any tips for going to sleep earlier or more consistently at the same time? I'd love to hear them!

And here are some outfits:


Sweatshirt dress - I made this, so it's a free addition to my capsule wardrobe. I actually dyed the fabric myself and then extended the Grainline Linden sweatshirt pattern to make a dress. 
Suede leggings
Ankle boots
What could be more comfortable than leggings and a sweatshirt? (Notice I didn't include the boots because slippers or cozy socks could definitely be more comfortable, but probably not appropriate for leaving the house.)

Green button-down shirt
Black skinny jeans
Tan oxfords

I had some strong sunlight peeking in on this one. This shirt is super-soft, and not too warm yet cozy. The shoes are also extremely soft and comfortable immediately - no break-in needed. And I can't complain about stretchy jeans. As usual, comfort is a huge consideration for this stay-at-home-mom.

All right, I have to finish this and close my laptop because it's already 9:45 and I'm not supposed to be looking at screens anymore! Change can take time, and 15 minutes late isn't bad. Maybe tomorrow night I will get closer to my goal of 9:30.