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:
- 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.
- Create a relaxing nightly routine. This lets your body and mind understand that it is time to slow down, and prepare itself for sleep.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!