In the last few months, due to ill health and a summer spent not working with a very easy going Small Boy on holiday from school, my sleep patterns went totally out of the window. How to get to sleep
I the last few weeks, with work getting back on track and a school routine back in place, I have been struggling to get back to sleeping more than a few hours here and there.
These are my tried and tested tips…the ones that have actually made a difference.
DO NOT SLEEP DURING THE DAY
Do not sleep during the day.
Do not lie down for a nap even if you haven’t slept at all the night before.
Don’t go to bed to read a book, do not sit down on the sofa and close your eyes…
Give yourself a time limit in the evening and don’t go anywhere near sleep of any kind before that.
GO FOR A WALK
If you really cannot keep your eyes open and even sitting down threatens to turn into a mid afternoon nap, go for a walk. Get some fresh air.
It doesn’t matter if it is raining, if it is getting dark or if you have to wrap up your whole family and get out the rain cover for the pushchair to do so.
Even if the only place you walk to is your garden table or a park bench, do it.
Anything to stop you sleeping at 3.27pm.
ACCEPT YOU ARE TIRED
Accept that you are tired, allow yourself time off and time to just be. Do what absolutely has to be done…and leave the rest for another time.
If cooking a family meal is too much today then don’t cook; eat toasties for tea or get fish and chips and eat them directly from the paper.
The washing can wait until tomorrow, missing an extra curricular activity occasionally will not harm your child and those work deadlines you set for yourself? They can wait.
STEEP YOUR HOT CHOCOLATE
When you are out in the garden, trim the dying flowers off your lavender plants.
In the evening, when sleep time comes around, steep a sprig in hot chocolate for a few minutes and take the mug to bed to sip.
BATHE IN WARM LAVENDER
Take a hot bath with lavender flowers floating in the water and lit by candles rather than harsh lights. Make sure the lights in the rest of your house are low and sparse. When you get out and are dry go straight to bed.
If it is really cold sneak a hot water bottle between your sheets or turn on your heated blanket before you get into the bath.
SLEEP WHERE YOU CAN
If you can’t sleep and you find yourself staring at the ceiling at 2am again, go and lie on the sofa with a book or a film you know backwards and don’t have to concentrate on.
Sleep is sleep, it doesn’t matter where you are, especially if you haven’t had much recently