So the kids are finally in bed, and you’re more than ready to turn in for the night. But as soon as your head hits the pillow, you notice a neighbor’s blaring TV, or a sporadic faucet drip. In no time, you realize that it’s going to be another one of those nights when sleep is hard to come by. But it doesn’t have to be this way, because there are hacks to help parents who are light sleepers doze off. Because parenting is a more than full-time job, and you really need your shut-eye.
What makes some people light sleepers, anyway? “It might be some sort of genetics, or it might be that some people have a greater degree of arousal over a 24-hour cycle,” David Neubauer, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and associate director of Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Center, told the Huffington Post. Whether you happen to have a genetic predisposition to light sleeping, or you simply overdid your coffee intake for the day, there are ways to work around it and sleep more soundly. You may need to adjust your habits or even your bedroom’s set up a little, but getting a good night’s sleep is worth most any change.