Southern Mom Loves: Parents, Exhausted from 'Back To School'? Try These Tricks.

Parents, Exhausted from 'Back To School'? Try These Tricks.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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With the kids going back to school, that means earlier bedtimes for everyone, but it doesn't always work out that way. With so much to do, a racing mind could keep you awake, or maybe you're like me and nighttime is your favorite time. Whatever the reason, I've got some great tips to help you get a good night's sleep and stay healthy so that you can keep on going strong.

It can be tough getting back into the swing of the school year. I'm not talking about the kids here; They have a resilience that I can't even remember having when I was that young. These days, mom needs a good 8 hours or I drag. all. day.

I thought it would be no problem getting back to going to bed earlier this year, but the first couple of weeks proved me wrong. I had to get myself into an easy-to-remember and relaxing routine in order to get to bed on time while still getting a little "me time", too.

First thing's first: An alarm. 

Not just a wake-up alarm, but a bedtime alarm, too. It's easy to get caught up in something once the kids are off to bed and before you know it, it's 3am and you're looking at functioning on 3 hours of sleep. Again. Set an alarm for the time you need to go to bed to get a full night's rest.


Try to set aside at least an hour to wind down before bed. Whether you want to catch up on your favorite show, take a hot bath, or have a cup of tea, take some time to slow down before you get into bed.

Try Melatonin.

Trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep? Try taking some melatonin about an hour before bedtime. Melatonin works to help your body know when it's time to sleep and when it's time to wake up. The body naturally produces melatonin, producing more when the sun goes down to tell the body to sleep. There are lots of reasons your internal clock could be off, keeping you up all night, but you can trick your body by resetting the sleep/wake cycle using an occasional melatonin supplement.

I take Nature Made® Melatonin Adult Gummies. They provide 2.5 mg of melatonin per gummy and they're a great-tasting, easy way to help support a good night's sleep.

Aromatherapy for sleep.

One thing that might help you get to bed easier is a little aromatherapy. Lavender oil is a famous scent for its aid in relaxation. Keep a small bottle on the nightstand and dab a tiny amount onto your pulse points before bed. Besides smelling amazing, it can help you drift off to dreamland a little faster.

Racing Mind?

If you have a problem with a racing mind while you're trying to go to sleep, try keeping a pad of paper beside the bed. It might help to make a quick list or write yourself a note. Seriously. Try it! Write down whatever you're worried about with the aim to let it go until the morning. You may just find that it does the (psychological) trick!


Another way to have the best start to your day is to not be jolted awake. I set a gradual alarm 5 minutes before I'm supposed to get up and I use nature sounds. The alarm starts off silently and the volume gradually rises until it's full blast (if I don't get up right away.) That extra 5 minutes gives me some leeway to wake up slowly, get up, and get in a good stretch before I have to hit the ground running.

Stay well.

A lack of decent rest can seriously mess with your immune system. Now that we're heading into Fall, I'm not taking any chances. I normally take a multivitamin every day, but for extra immune support, I take an immune system support supplement.

Last year I was taking individual supplements (C, Zinc, D, A), but I've wizened up a bit this year. I'm taking Nature Made® Super C Immune Complex, an all-in-one with five key immune support nutrients.

One tablet provides vitamin C (900 mg) & vitamin E (15 mg, 33 IU), which are essential nutrients that support the immune system and provide antioxidant support, and vitamin A (450 mcg, 1500 IU), vitamin D (25 mcg, 1000 IU), and zinc (11 mg), which are nutrients that also play an important role in helping support the immune system.

You can find both of the Nature Made® supplements I mentioned at your local Walmart store in the Supplement aisle.

Our bodies are spectacular creations, but sometimes they need a little help from us to be their best and to stay strong. 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep is best and if you can't get there yet, try a few of these tips. Sweet dreams!


How is your Back to School going so far? Could you use a good night's sleep?

† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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