Off to a Good Start

In 2010, one of my unofficial goals was to get more sleep.

I did really well with that (you may note that I didn’t have children for the first half of the year, and then when Ella started sleeping through the night at seven weeks old, I was so paranoid she was going to stop, that I went to bed at 9pm for weeks in fear that THIS would be the night she reverted (she never did, but ANI is the master of the bait-and-switch sleeping patterns)).

Over the years, I’ve slipped into worse habits and I know that getting too little sleep wears me down really quickly (I always think I deal well with little sleep until I actually don’t get enough sleep and I snap at everyone in my family, burst into tears at the smallest things, and stare blankly at at the computer screen for ages. So no, I don’t deal well).

This year, I’m working on getting more sleep and a couple of other mini-goals to get off to a great start both on a daily basis and over the course of the whole year. I’ve teamed up with Kellogg’s this winter and I’ll be sharing some of my strategies over the next couple of weeks as well as some of Team Kellogg’s tips for a healthy start.

Of course, last night, I stayed up until almost midnight (we’ve been in Alabama, visiting Bart’s brother and his family, so obviously once all the kids – two of ours and seven of theirs – go to bed, we sit around and talk until none of us can keep our eyes open), so I could use some of my own advice. One of my tips for more sleep would probably be, “Don’t do anything fun ever.”


Kellogg’s® believes that From Great Starts Come Great Things®. So we’re helping Moms start every day with a tip from the top athletes of Team Kellogg’s™ and Team USA dietitians. The thirty days leading up to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will each feature fun pieces of advice to help families fuel just like the athletes of Team Kellogg’s. To see all 30 tips, visit

Compensation was provided by Kellogg’s via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Kellogg’s.

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  • Reply Allie @ Everyday Adventures January 2, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    This is totally why I never got any sleep in college. There was always something exciting going on, and I had a huge fear of missing out. I value sleep a little more now!

  • Reply Peaceful Reader January 3, 2014 at 3:13 am

    Now that I'm a certain age I wake up super early and lay there and worry until my alarm goes off. This has been happening for two years now, off and on, and I feel tired frequently. I try to go to bed every night by ten but it is very hard to fit it all it before that. Hopefully once the holidays are over you can settle back into your routine.

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