You would think the one in our house that doesn’t sleep well would be me. The mom. Waking up for a random middle of the feeding, getting up when little Hunter does and not getting to bed until he’a down for the count. But in reality, I sleep pretty great. I get about 8-9 hours a night, which is actually more than I used to pre-baby (I functioned well on 6-7 before). Yes I’ll still have bad nights when I can’t fall asleep or I wake up a bunch, but that is pretty rare.
Jacob’s the poor sleeper in our house. He does not feel rested or like he gets enough sleep, and wakes up a lot during the night. That’s just no fun and I love my hubby so I want him to feel good and energized.
I decided to take it upon myself to help him sleep better. Things that are easy for me but he needs a little encouragement with – exercise, drinking water, eating consistently, less caffeine in the afternoons/evenings.
Yesterday we started with exercise.
(Hunter questioning this exercise thing…)
The thing with making exercise stick is finding something you love to do. For Jacob that’s cycling. However, not cycling in the rain. That gets tricky right about now since it’s been pretty rainy.
He’s done (and I believe enjoyed) P90X, but it’s a big time commitment that just wouldn’t happen right now. So what kind of exercise do we need????
Something short and effective. Ah ha! Something like my 10 minute total body workout? I think so! The pressure of the clock keeps the intensity up. A wife sitting there channeling her fitness instructor-ness shouting words of encouragement to keep good form is one way not to slack either.
What was Jacob’s first workout? Here’s what I had him do.
First warm up for 5 minutes (jogging in place, running up and down the stairs, etc).
With the clock set for a 10 minute count down, he went through as many rounds as be could.
- 20 high knees
- 10 push ups
- 5 single leg squats (each leg)
He almost made it through 9 rounds, finishing 8 + 20 high knees + 13 push ups (a few extra for the finish).
What’s better than that was the sweat at the end! He was definitely pushing it while Hunter and I cheered him on.
The big question… did he sleep better? Well I haven’t actually had the chance to ask him since he left for work really early, but he was asleep by 9pm which is a good sign!
Do you find that exercise helps you sleep better? Do you sleep well? About how much sleep do you get a night?