If you’re like me, it’s not so good. If you’re like me, you’re still jet-lagged in Alaskan time and you haven’t done a thing to prepare for the back to school transition! You’re not practicing early bedtimes and you’re not at all feeling well-rested.
Don’t be like me! Be more like these guys:
Parents are often busy during this time of year (and always) and I think we can all benefit from new ways to achieve optimal sleep. I can think of three reasons why the back to school routines will ruin our sleep patterns, and this is even if you haven’t just gotten back from Alaska and are generally flabbergasted to be out in public and NOT looking at moose, glaciers, and 10:00pm sunsets. (sorry I feel the need to talk about Alaska every five minutes – did you know I went to Alaska??) Anyhoo..
Besides Alaska, there are three sleep-disrupting factors at play! 1. My day is overloaded. Ok, it is even in the summer, but now it’s two school drop-offs and pick-ups, after school activities, grandparents time, homework, lunch packing.. and more. 2. Early mornings just got earlier, and I’m pretty sure we’re supposed to get dressed before dropping our kids off and going into public? Maybe? I generally do because then I go eat pie at pie bars and sometimes I have video chats early in the morning for work, and people don’t always appreciate my flannel moose pants. Why? I don’t know. 3. Stress. It becomes me.
Here’s what you can do to help your sleep cycles:
1. Start the back to school transition a week early. I’m looking at YOU, I say to myself.
2. Acknowledge that your sleep patterns are different from your relaxed summer days, and you CAN help this.
3. Start or keep your exercise routine. I’m looking at YOU, I say to myself.
4. Take a personal day, even amid the madness. You deserve it. Use that day to buy vegetables to eat. Somehow this helps.
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