Bedtime routines are an important part of the day for kids. But few parents consider their own nighttime routine. And here’s a sad little fact that most non-parents can’t comprehend: you'll probably never sleep the way you did before you had kids. And it’s wreaking havoc on most of us. The New York Times recently published a piece, which included the staggering information that 3 in 10 women in America use a sleep aid at least a few nights a week (and then goes on to mention that such a stat doesn’t include women who go to sleep without trouble but then awaken at 3 in the morning). Another amazing fact: although the stresses keeping us up may be indirectly caused by the kids (their performance at school, their behavior, etc), it’s the mothers themselves who can’t calm down at night, running to do lists over and over in their exhausted and overworked brains. Call it the Mama Bear Complex, but it appears that mothers are the ones who are suffering the most. Constant worry over my first child’s erratic sleep habits resulted in several terrifying nights: despite only having slept 2-4 hours a night for several months and being so tired that forming sentences seemed like a Herculean task, I found I could not go to sleep. At all. I simply waited wide awake for Elijah to wake up, which he inevitably did. After taking a prescribed medication for a few nights, I began to look for more natural ways to invite a visit from Mr. Sandman. Keep reading to find seven sleep-inducing natural remedies to help get the rest you need. Note: for any of the herbs or pills recommended, consult your doctor before taking, especially if pregnant or breastfeeding.
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