In the early days of being a parent you wonder whether you will ever really sleep again. A basic human function that was once taken for granted becomes a kind of Holy Grail. You think of those dreamy nights and lazy mornings with a kind of wistful nostalgia or crazed hysteria drenched desperation depending on just how sleep deprived you might be feeling at that time. You start having competitive parent discussions at baby groups about just how tired you are and how little sleep you’re getting. Jealousy and disbelief descends when you hear a smug, ‘my baby sleeps through’ uttered from a smiling mum who’s hair is brushed and make up deftly applied. I swear the first few months of my girls’ lives are a fog to me.
Now that my girls are six and nine a full nights sleep is generally had and definitely expected. The thought of having another baby and going back to sleepless nights actually scares me! I think these days because I expect to sleep that on the nights I can’t or when I struggle to fall asleep I find it incredibly frustrating and definitely struggle to work the next day. I don’t know about you, but when I don’t sleep well it completely impairs my ability to function as a human being. I can’t think straight, I’m irritable, actually I fear that I become the worst version of myself. How I, and those around me survived that newborn baby stage I honestly do not know. Like I said it’s all a big foggy!
I must admit that since we’ve moved house I’ve struggled to settle to sleep, I think being surrounded by boxes and not having a proper bed didn’t help because since our new bed was delivered and we started to get more organised I’ve felt a lot more relaxed. Change, it seems, impairs my ability to settle and rest, I guess I’m quite like a child in that way! Having a good bed, and mattress are just pieces to the puzzle that make up good sleep.
It’s not just about what we need to have or do for good sleep but also what we need to avoid. Caffeine, my best friend, swiftly becomes my darkest nemesis when consumed after 2pm in the afternoon. I’ve learnt that if I have any coffee after that point I can guarantee that very little sleep will be had. I end up lying awake for hours on my phone which, according to research is one of the worst things we can do as the light tricks our brain. I’m always up for finding out how to get a better nights sleep, and this video is really helpful, I mean, who knew that cheese actually helps!
There’s more tips in this handy article too, How to Sleep Better.
What do you think?
What are your top tips for a good night’s sleep?
This post is conjunction with Tempur but all thoughts are my own.