As a parent, sleep is something that I find myself thinking about pretty much every minute of every day, and yet actually doing it far less often than I’d like! With four children, on-going back issues and chronic skeletomuscular pain, I find it very difficult to, not only switch off and get to sleep each night, but to simply stay asleep without waking several times through the night due to pain. Every morning I get out of bed feeling more pain than I was the night before and, more often than not, twice as tired too!
I recently watched the following video, released by Adjustamatic, sharing advice on how to get a better nights sleep. I was surprised to learn that we spend twenty five years of our lives in bed, making it vitally important that we are getting a quality nights sleep, even more so as parents!
I asked some fellow parent bloggers for their tips on how to get a good nights sleep and they came up with some great advice.
“I have to give myself a period of winding down, otherwise my mind is racing. I go to bed and give myself time to read my book. I always fall asleep reading it and wake up in the morning with it either tucked under me or on the floor.”
Laura at Dear Bear and Beany.
“PILLOWS! But not where you think. If I am on my back I have a pillow under my knees. If I am on my side then one pillow between my knees and sometimes one at front supporting the top shoulder and then one behind me supporting my back. I also drink gin and have silicone earplugs. I know, I am a catch!”
Natasha at Mummy and Moose.
“I try to keep away from all technology for an hour before bed. I find that my mind tends to race and try to solve the world’s problems right before I fall asleep so I keep a notebook by the bed to write it all down, rather than keep it in. I have back pain almost daily due to spinal anaesthetic that went wrong. Sleeping on my side helps but I always roll over onto my back while sleeping, I now use a U-shaped pregnancy pillow and it changed my life, really helps ease the pain.“
Lisa at That British Betty.
“I have to have a really dark room with all electronic things switched off as red TV lights etc drive me crackers! Blackout blinds are essential for me too.”
Beth at Twinderelmo.
“Make sure bed is for sleep only. Try not to sit in it watching television, or on your laptop otherwise you’re not going to associate getting into bed with going to sleep. Works absolute wonders for me and has changed some seriously bad sleeping habits.”
Emily at Babies & Beauty.
“I have always struggled with sleep. That was until I started breathing techniques in maternity yoga. I take one deep breath then slow breath out thinking that a green colour is coming up from my toes and out of my head and being replaced with a blue. After my toes I then start from my knees, hips and so on. I am normally asleep before I get past my waist now. Deep slow breathes is the key.”
Kelly at Nature mum blog.
“I have suffered with insomnia for years, I find a drop of lavender on my pillow, or a few drops in a bath before bed and a cup of camomile tea about half an hour before bed can help me. Also warming up the bed with a hot water bottle can help with back pain.”
Jennifer at My Mummy’s Pennies.
“My biggest tip is to try and not stress if you can’t fall asleep. I know it’s easier said than done but I used to get so worked up and angry/frustrated/upset if I couldn’t sleep. and naturally it only made the problem worse. I find reading relaxes me and also acceptance, if I don’t sleep it’s okay. After having my son I realised I can actually survive on little sleep -with the help of some caffeine!”
Emma at Me & B make tea.
There is nothing worse than sleep deprivation, even more so when you’re waking in pain, and so I shall definitely be taking all of this advice on board starting with investing in a pregnancy pillow (that’ll get people talking!), sprinkling my bedding with lavender and switching off the ipad.
Roll on bedtime!!
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