3 Simple Steps to a Good Night’s Rest for Over 40 Moms #ChooseTENA #AD

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As my 44th birthday approaches, I’m noticing more and more physical changes to let me know I’m getting older. My energy level isn’t as high as I’d like. Brain fog happens throughout the day. A mid-day nap is my new BFF. When it’s bedtime, the struggle continues due to some distractions and my bladder. Although I don’t have consistent incontinence problems, I have noticed that my 40 bladder lets me know that, if I have to go – I have to go immediately.

Here’s a quick checklist for my fellow midlife moms to help us get a good night’s rest.

3 Simple Steps to a Good Night's Rest for Over 40 Moms

1. Eliminate Distractions

As much as I love watching TV before bedtime, we’ll all sleep better of we get TVs out of our bedrooms.

The same goes for tablets and phones. It’s not enough to just put them in a drawer or under your pillow.

Here’s a suggestion: Put your devices in a basket outside your bedroom door, then retrieve them in the morning.

remove devices from bedroom

Move your pets and their sleeping beds our of your bedroom too, especially if they snore or walk around at night.

2. Empty Bladder

Nothing disrupts my sleeps like a rushed trip to the bathroom in the middle of the night. I’m usually navigating around a laundry basket on the floor and trying to get to the bathroom in the dark.

I sleep much better on the nights I remember to go to the bathroom before bed and cut back on drinks.

Empty Your Bladder

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3. Dim the lights

Especially if you have books near your bed that you like to read at night, dim the lights at bedtime.

A bedside lamp with a dimmer option is a great choice because you can control the light without leaving your bed.

dim the lights


When I plan my bedtime routine, eliminate distractions and go to bed with an empty bladder I wake up with more energy and clarity.  I also find that I wake up without feeling like I need to hit snooze five, six or 20 times for a last-minute energy boost. I’m considering a part-time gig or expanding some of my social media and video services once summer is over, so the extra energy is a plus.

Comment below: What’s your secret to a good night’s rest? If you’re over 40, have you noticed a change in your nightly sleep patterns?

About Joyce Brewer

Creator & Host of Mommy Talk Show. Emmy award-winning TV journalist.Wife & Mommy; Mom Blogger; Social Media Coach; Long Island, New York transplant living in Atlanta, GA. Follow Joyce on Twitter @MommyTalkShow Author of Use What You Know: A Business Idea Guide for Moms featuring interviews with mompreneurs who created businesses using their skills & backgrounds.

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  1. Love these great bedtime tips especially the basket outside your door! {client}

  2. Thank you so much for sharing these. There are times when I have a really hard time falling asleep. I’m bookmarking this.

  3. Yes! Always hit the bathroom before bed. That’s not just for kids. If I have to get up in the night to do my business, I am awake for like an hour.

  4. This is really great, love that you have helped some tips for over 40 moms to sleep for the night. I am 35 and always empty my bladder before bed 😉

  5. I wish I could unplug my husband about this! Working from home is great, but not when you can NEVER unplug!

  6. Getting the tv out of the room was the best thing I could have done for getting a better night’s rest. I love the idea of putting electronics outside of the door to prevent further sleep distractions.

  7. My husband and I are both in our 40’s and can really relate to what you say.
    I think cutting down on the smart device usage at night time can aid in a good night’s sleep, but this is getting increasingly difficult to do as our technology grows.

  8. These are really great tips! I really need a good night sleep and I’m definitely doing these tips!

  9. Mothers always have a terrible time sleeping! It’s because we take care of everything and we think about the things that needs to be done even while we’re in bed. I think these are great ideas.

  10. I think it’s important to eliminate distractions. I never bring my phone or tablet or laptop with me to bed. I want to make sure that I’m free from those and that my mind is completely empty.

  11. This are all amazing tips! I actually had my first restless night last night and it about drove me insane! Thank you for all of these tips, I will definitely be trying them tonight!!

  12. The dim lights is especially important

  13. Wow this is great! A good nights sleep is so important and i know even at 32 its almost impossible for me right now.

  14. I wish I could dim the lights here. I may switch to track lighting like my son has, I’ve been considering it for a bit. 🙂

  15. I have to admit I do have issues with my sleep and these are some great tips, I’ve found that turning off the blue light in my gadgets has helped (as I can’t put them down completely).

  16. I’m actually finding it easier to fall asleep now that I am over 40!

  17. These are definitely some great tips for a good night’s rest. I especially have to use the bathroom and brush my teeth before heading to bed.

  18. Great tips for sleep aid! I myself have trouble sometimes, so these might go a long way for me.

  19. I suffer from insomnia, so getting a good night’s sleep is tricky for me. I use Tena and I love how they keep me dry at night.

  20. These are some awesome tips l, I’ve found that turning off the blue light on my devices an hours before bedtime also helps.

  21. Annemarie LeBlanc

    My issue is not getting enough sleep. I am sleepy when I sit on the couch watching TV but when I move to the bed, Bam! I am wide awake. I am still trying to find ways to get a better night’s sleep. I will try your tips. Maybe a side lamp with a dimmer would be great. And removing all distractions too.

  22. I make sure I finish everything that will keep me from falling asleep, like work. These are all great ideas and it’s definitely going to make you feel rested and relaxed.