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Three Tips for Maximizing our Sleeping Hours

Most of us have no more hours left to dedicate to another thing so let's maximize the hours we do have to get the best rest possible.


Torrie's Top Tips 3 Tips for Maximizing our Hours of Sleep with bed in background

Do you wake up in the morning still tired after a full night of sleep? I don’t think there is anything I relate to more. Even though Magnolia sleeps through the night and goes to bed at a reasonable time, I still wake up exhausted. Before becoming a mom, my favorite thing to do was sleep. Now, if I want to get any time to myself, I stay up late. So how can I make the most out of the hours of sleep I do get without sacrificing my alone time?

Have a bedtime routine. Magnolia has a bedtime routine that we do every night so that she knows when she lays down at night that it is time to go to sleep: diaper change, pajamas, bed-time story, swaddle, sound machine, lights out, and she is asleep within 10 minutes. According to the Sleep Foundation, having a sleep routine as an adult can help our brains’ know it is time for us to go to sleep. Make your bedtime routine relaxing to help yourself wind down and you too will fall asleep easier.

Don’t go to bed hungry. I have heard from countless parents that Magnolia will sleep through the night after eating solid foods because she won’t be hungry (jokes on them because she has slept through the night since 8 weeks old). The same concept is true for adults. If we go to bed hungry, we are more likely to wake up earlier. Having a light, healthy snack 45 minutes before bed will help us to sleep through the night.

Disconnect for 30 minutes. Turn off your television, phones, and other electronic devices 30 minutes before bed. Minimize potential light and noise sources to create a more conducive environment for sleeping.  

Magnolia sleeps through the night because she has a consistent bedtime routine, she has a full belly, and she sleeps in a completely dark room. The same concepts that we use to help our children sleep through the night help us to also get better sleep. As adults, we have a lot more to worry about than our children. For starters, we worry about our children and we also have careers and other outside priorities to worry about. We need to make sleeping one of our priorities.

For more information about sleeping, check out the Sleep Foundation at Also, check out this article on sleep from Illinois Extension to help get a good nights’ rest.  


Torrie Smith, Carroll County Extension Agent - Family and Consumer Sciecnes/4-H

Torrie Smith, Carroll County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H shares information on about living well, saving money, and sharing tips to make life better and easier for the everyday person. I release videos on my Facebook Page will be providing more information about them here on this blog. 

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