Tip On Getting A Good Night’s Sleep

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With Father’s Day just behind us, it’s a time to think about dad’s sleep health.  When you’re a dad of one or more active children, having healthy sleep habits can have a huge effect on your overall quality of life. But kids can certainly stymie your best intentions. If you want to get the best chance of getting a good night’s sleep and feeling as rested as you can, here are some tips you should try:

  1. Even though the weekend may seem like a time to relax your nightly routine, try to go to sleep at the same every night. This helps your body regulate its schedule.    
  2. Create a relaxing nightly routine. This lets your body and mind understand that it is time to slow down, and prepare itself for sleep.
  3. Make sure your bed and pillow are comfortable. If you feel lumps or have an achy back when you wake up, you may want to get a new mattress.
  4. If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, take a look at your room. Is it dark enough for you? Do you have distractions that you can avoid? Designate your bedroom as a place for sleeping and only sleeping.
  5. Get a decent amount of daily exercise. This will help you get tired and be able to get to sleep instead of feeling restless and fidgety.
  6. A healthier lifestyle will also help you get better sleep. That means having a better diet, reducing your caffeine and alcohol intake, and avoiding eating foods late at night that can keep you up.
  7. If you go to bed but sleep seems elusive, leave your bedroom and do a quiet and stress-free activity until you do feel sleepy.

If you have done all of these tips but still have problems sleeping, staying asleep, or feeling rested, you may want to schedule a visit with your doctor. They can recommend other strategies that promote sleep, or even find physical issues that are affecting your sleep. Your kids will appreciate a well-rested dad, and so will you!

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