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Kids keeping you up?

Tips to overcoming insomnia when you’re a parent

Being a parent is tough. Being a parent with insomnia can be even more of a challenge. If you’re a parent and you’re having trouble sleeping, you’re not alone. In fact, 74%* of stay-at-home moms reported experiencing some symptoms of insomnia. So how do you start getting the kind of rest you need with a family around?

*National Sleep Foundation poll
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Parenting may be even tougher if you are suffering from insomnia.

The whole family will benefit from a routine. Going to bed and getting up at the same time every day, even during holidays and vacations, helps reinforce your body’s sleep-wake cycle.

A busy, happy family and all the bustle that comes with it doesn’t always make for the ideal sleep environment. Start getting everyone calmed down about 30 minutes before bedtime – lullabies or soft music can let the kids know that it’s time to go to sleep. White noise can be helpful for soothing you – and the kids.

The light from laptops, tablets and phones can stimulate the brain to stay awake, so make sure the whole family steps away from them about an hour before calling it a night. Even watching TV too close to bedtime can make it harder to sleep, so shut it off for a better night’s rest.

Late soccer game or scout meeting? It’s easy to shift dinner to later, when activities are over – but try to avoid the urge. Eating a lot too late (especially if it’s spicy or high-fat foods) may keep everyone awake, so you may want to plan to eat before the activities, or keep it light if the family eats near bedtime. A family outing to play tennis, go bowling or play other sports can have a positive effect on sleep, but try to exercise earlier in the day. Working up a sweat too close to bedtime may keep the whole family up.

Parenting may be even tougher if you are suffering from insomnia.

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