Gosh, where did the summer go? I swear one minute I was graduating from college and now it’s late August! That means it’s back to school time. As you know, I have been unable to secure a full-time teaching job yet. So, my current plan is to continue to apply for jobs I’m endorsed in while substituting in the county I live in. Since I haven’t had to get up before noon much over the past couple of months, my bedtime routine is definitely off. I mean I am going to bed around 3 am and getting up around noon. That is not going to cut it once I become a (substitute) teacher. So, it’s time to get back to a schedule, just in time for school. Here are some tips that I’m going to use for getting back to a regular sleep schedule…
1. Start a routine. We all have our routines, in some form or another. Children actually thrive on a set schedule. So, it’s great to go ahead and have a plan for the way things should go once school starts back and then sticking to it. Consistency gives children comfort and allows me to remain calm.
2. Ease into it. By that I mean that I am not going to randomly wakeup at 5/6 am to a phone call for a substitute position for the day and then try to get used to it. No, I have started trying to get to bed earlier and I’m getting up at 10 am now. This makes it easier for me and it would work for kids as well.
3. Be comfortable. One of the ways I am getting used to a routine quickly this year is with my new Serta Mattress. I have had my new Serta iComfort Genius mattress for about a month now and am loving it. It provides the right amount of support for me while not being too hard. I love how it conforms to my body to allow me to sleep well. It also helps to have a comfy environment, including a nice pillow, wonderful pajamas, a dark room, and perhaps a sound conditioner to create a nice noise in the room.
4. Prepare for sleep. Don’t be checking out Facebook or your email right before planning to go to bed. A set schedule should allow for time for our brains to power down for the day. Bright lights and loud noises are not going to help you get to sleep later. Signal to your body that you are going to sleep before you plan to do so to go to sleep quicker.
So, do you have any tips for getting back into a bedtime routine for school?
Disclosure: I received a free mattress from Serta, compensation, and a sound conditioner. The opinions expressed are my own.