Sleep is so important to a person’s overall health and wellbeing, whether you are a parent or not, however when you do have children (especially young ones), a good night’s sleep can seem the most important thing in the world.
From helping us function more effectively during the day, to being able to cope better with endless night feeds for babies, toddler tantrums and busy school runs, the benefits of a good night’s sleep are endless.
As much as I would like to wave a magic wand and promise you an undisturbed, deep sleep every night, sadly I cannot as when you have children each night is like a game of sleep roulette. However, I can share with you some of the actions I take to help get a better night’s sleep when the gods are in my favour:
- Get some fresh air everyday – Even if you just spend some time in the garden or walk for the school run instead of drive…. being outside in the fresh air is a great way of tuning your bodyclock to understand daytime and night time. If you do you this daily, your body will naturally wake up more during the day and slow down towards night time ready for the bedtime hours.
- Get in to a routine – And stick to it!! For our body clocks to find a day and night rhythm, we need to ensure we are following a routine. This way our bodies know what is expected of it. So, if you choose 10pm to be your bedtime and follow this daily, you are helping your body know when to unwind and slow down to sleep.
- Move your clock – Laying in bed watching each hour tick by just adds to the mental pressure of falling asleep and in turn will mean you are likely to delay visiting the land of nod.
- Turn off your phone – If you have your phone on next to you in bed, there will always be one more news story to read, one more email to reply to, one more reason to scroll through social media. Take away the distraction by finishing everything you need to do on your phone, downstairs, before you go to bed and then forget about it until you wake up. Less screen time, more sleep time.
- Don’t stress – Putting pressure on yourself to get a full 8 hours sleep or not waking up before the alarm goes off, will only increase the likeliness that it will happen. Having children, inevitably means we are likely to be disturbed at some point of the night, so make going to bed enjoyable and a pleasure and hopefully you will get at least a few restful hours when you can.
I now wish you sweet dreams 😊