It’s tough being a parent; children do not appear to be automatically programmed to sleep well, well mine never were anyway! It would be great if at the end of an extremely long and tiring day you could switch them into shutdown mode until 7am the next day! But then who ever said being a parent was going to be easy, it’s a long drawn out process of trial and error, early starts (for awhile 1am was actually considered a good wake up time!) and YEARS of minimal sleep. Is it any wonder my blog was called Missing Sleep!
I have teamed up with the mattress company NaturalMat to give a little advice from them and myself about coping without enough sleep. They suggest making the most of what little shuteye you have by investing in a decent mattress:
"Every moment spent in bed is precious and a good mattress can make all the difference to having a good nights sleep. Naturalmat take care to ensure that all of their lovely organic and natural fillings are encased in a pure, unbleached natural cotton cover, treated with natural geranoil to banish bed bugs; keeping the mattress 100% chemical free, so both you and baby can sleep easy at night”
I think it’s important to act as a tag team, take as much support from your partner as you can. Just because they have work the next day does not mean they need the lion’s share of the sleep, if you have a baby and a toddler to look after you will find your day just as challenging as any day in an office environment! Least at work you usually get a proper allocated lunch break, cups of HOT tea and you can go to the toilet in peace… those are big privileges indeed when you are usually shadowed by your mini’s for everything you do during the day.
Try not to clock watch, there is nothing worse you finally get into bed see the time and internally despair. You know if you do not go to sleep instantly then the next day will be a challenge to survive, yet you seem to hone in on the ticking clock watching that previous sleep time disappear!
Be gentle on yourself, if the standard of housework slips a bit and the washing piles up so be it! If your children still nap use the time to rest yourself not manically rush around the house trying to complete a million and one things. It might also help to have caffeinated drinks in supply, if you need a quick pick me up!
Most of all remember this time of your life will not last forever; mine generally sleep better now (apart from the odd nightmare or illness) so hang in there.