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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Combat Lack of Sleep with 4 Easy Steps!

We've never had a problem with Elliott's sleep, in fact I saw something circulating a while ago and realised my 18 month old was sleeping the same as a newborn! Que me stopping his mid morning naps...! 

Saying that, we've had a pretty poorly boy a couple of weeks back with a viral infection, conjunctivitis and a chesty cough. He wasn't that bad at getting up but sometimes his cough would wake him up during the night. 
Fast forward to a very healthy child and from absolutely no where my sleeping-from-7am-to-9am boy is now waking at 7am and sometimes through the night too... 
This has only been for the past week so I'm hoping it's just a phase and he will go back to his 9am wake ups. 

I'm not too fussed about the 7am wake ups as being the lazy mum I am, I usually pop him in our bed an turn the cartoons on... 
But it's the through the night wake ups that's knocking me for six. 

So today I've teamed with Yorkshire Linen to share my 4 points to combat feeling and looking like a zombie due to lack of sleep...

1. My main point which is why it's the first is to have a lazy PJ day! This might seem simple and easy, but I rarely have a lazy day where I sit on the couch with Elliott and cosy up watching a good movie and not moving for a couple of hours. This is sometimes all I need to perk me up. Remember to include a cup of tea or several! If you can grab a cat nap while little one naps (...that's if they do!) even if it is for half an hour. Those dishes can wait until tomorrow!

2. When little ones are in bed for the night, wind down yourself! Usually I like to relax with a lovely hot bath with my favourite bath bomb and bubble bath finished off with a good book and a cup of tea or something stronger if need be(!) Relax, chill, do whatever you need to just forget that you've managed to power on through with little sleep and count the minutes until it's sociably acceptable to go to bed. FYI 9pm is good with me!

3. New bedding! That feeling of clean fresh sheets when you sink into your bed after a long day is the best feeling ever right?! I know for me this is one of life's little pleasures. Even with a couple of hours sleep it can feel like you've had a great nights sleep! To make you drift off quicker pop some Lavender drops on pillow and that'll make you feel like you've had a full nights sleep when in reality you've had 5!

4. If all else fails send them off to granny's for the night! Haha. I'm joking. But saying that you can't live off little sleep so if you're struggling, do ask for help! I'm sure grandparents are itching to take your non-sleeping child for the night! (Just don't tell them they've been up through the next for the past week...)

These are just some of the things I've done and I can tell you they make me feel human again! If you have any tips to help with lack of sleep please so let me and other Mummies know in the comments!


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  1. Suz...dude...if i had tips I would totally share! (But I don't!) Some great tips here though...gotta love a pj day :) #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

    1. Hahaha!! Well if you ever do, do share! yes, i think everyone does! thanks for commenting x