As a mom, “me time” is something you probably have never have of but are striving for each day. And when your child goes to sleep, it can be tempting to maximize your “me time” by staying awake much longer than is healthy. But the next day, you’ll pay a high price for those extra hours you spend awake. Between lethargy, irritability, and a weakened immune system, your body will give you some serious feedback. So keep reading to learn how to establish a healthy bedtime routine without sacrificing your “me time.”

  1. Set a Timer for Your Screens

The addictive nature of technology makes it easy to keep clicking until suddenly, several hours have passed by and you have no idea where the time went. If you’re on your computer or phone, set an alarm for a predetermined amount of time. Keep the screen time to a maximum of one hour per night.

  1. Curb the Caffeine

The kids are off to bed, but now is not the time to raid your chocolate stash. Remember, chocolate contains caffeine. Most moms are not likely not to drink coffee during the evening, but be sure to monitor your caffeine intake from more innocent sources, as well. That cup of tea before bedtime can also interfere with your sleep.

  1. Be Careful When Rehashing Your Day

It can be easy to get wound up when conversing with your partner, family members and friends, as you go back over the events that took place earlier in the day. While it is important to talk about your feelings, use additional relaxation strategies to make sure you avoid obsessing over irritating details.

  1. Create Your Own Sequence of Events

Your child likely has a certain order of events that precede their bedtime. They may brush their teeth, have bath time and read a book. This sequence of events is a signal to your child’s body that it’s time to rest. So, create a similar sequence for yourself. This will be your body’s cue that it’s time to shut down for the night.

Establish a healthy bedtime routine, and you’ll feel more refreshed in the morning. It doesn’t take much time or effort to do that, either. So, here’s to a sweet night of rest for a hard-working mom.