Trust us, no one is more aware of sleep (or their extreme lack of it) than parents of small kids. Pour yourself another coffee and focus those puffy peepers because here are five tricks to help you get a bit more shut-eye.
So very tired …
When you’re tired everything becomes so much harder and you feel like crap. When you’re surviving on only a few hours sleep a night (thanks to those small humans that have invaded your house), things can REALLY turn to shit. Fast. You may not even remember your own name. But the good news is even an extra 30 minutes of sleep in a 24-hour period will have you perking up, and an extra two hours – woah, steady on tiger, the marathon isn’t until next month. So, how do you sneak in those extra zzz’s in order to get your brain and life back? Give these five tricks and tips a whirl:
1. Become the master of naps
Take a tip from the Spaniards and old people everywhere and get on that siesta train, baby! Okay, so it’s more like collapsing into bed the minute your child has gone for a nap, but DO IT! Put the washing down AND DO IT. How are you going to function properly otherwise? And who cares about clothes anyway. Even if you’ve never been a good daytime sleeper you need to get on that sunny snooze train and ride it until someone cries out (or a telemarketer calls). You’ll be amazed at how easily you’ll fall deeply asleep in broad daylight – without even closing the blinds! And don’t forget those micro-sleeps either – your toddler might not even notice you’ve nodded off on the couch if they’re engrossed in Play School allowing you to nab an extra ten minutes – score!