Michelle Obama On Getting Your Family On a Sleep Schedule That Works: "If I'm Sitting Still and I Slow Down, I'm Asleep"

We all know sleep is important, but how many of us get enough? Like so many busy moms, Michelle Obama packs a lot into every day -- meaning nights are usually too short! Today's theme focuses on getting your family on a sleep schedule that works. As iVillage guest editor, Mrs. Obama talked to us about everything from getting up early and what keeps her up at night. ("Not a lot!") (4 Photos)

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Michelle Obama On Getting Your Family On a Sleep Schedule That Works: "If I'm Sitting Still and I Slow Down, I'm Asleep"

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

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Prioritizing Sleep

"I cannot stay awake. It's one of the reasons I'm missing reading. I can't get into books, because if I'm sitting still and I slow down, I'm asleep. So it's rare that -- if I do have trouble sleeping, it comes on the other end. Like, I'll wake up at four in the morning. So my internal clock just clicks, and it's four and I'm up and now I'm thinking about the day and what I have to do. And now, I'm like, I only have an hour to sleep…so let me just stay up. But at night I am out like a light."

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