I never seem to get quite enough sleep. Which I hate. Because I love sleeping (pleeping!), snoozing, resting; being in my cosy nest. It’s a safe and warm place (literally – thanks to dial 3 on my electric blanket). Nothing seems so bad when I’m cosied and wrapped up, enclosed in a fluffy blanket or heavy duvet (it could be likened to swaddling a baby!).
The problem, is that much as I love sleeping once I get to bed, I’m not actually very good at giving in and recognising the ‘I’m really, really tired’ signs (including: yawning, can’t keep eyes open, being grumpy with partner, and kids and dog …) and going to bed. Early. It’s like being an eternal teenager – I want to sleep – just not before midnight (maybe it’s missing out syndrome?) – there’s too much to do (by that I mean ‘watch’) – am a total TV-aholic if left to my own devices. And then, please, I’d quite like it if my alarm didn’t go off until at least 8.30am. That would work for me.
The reality is that my alarm goes off at 6.15am (what the!! Arghhh). I don’t like this – I often wake up a complete grouchy-grumbalina 🙁
To counteract this I’ve developed a tried-and-tested (many, many times) post-dinner and pre after-school toing and froing (think kids homework, kids clubs, dog walking, emergency home economics food purchases etc.) sleepy-catchy-upy. It’s basically a 20 minute (daily) emergency power nap on the sofa. This technique has been so finely tuned by myself (and partner actually) that kids can be running havoc around and about but my mind and body can totally switch 0ff. Mummy needs her sleep quota – and this helps boost it.
It’s not easy – and takes practice but try it! Set an alarm if you need to and give yourself a 20 minute sleep break allowance. I properly believe that a late afternoon or early evening snoozette and brain rest can help keep you going for the rest of the day (up until midnight of course!). Maybe plonk the kids in front of the TV (ipad, playstation …) – this works for me 🙂 get in to position, close your eyes and gently drift off … zzzzzzz … (sadly zero interruptions cannot be guaranteed).
Thought I’d include the ‘science’ bit – limit your nap to 45 mins or less and post-dozing, you should be far more alert, creative and sparkly. And, healthier as apparently napping reduces stress and other nasties 🙂 Read the full article to be fully ‘in the know’!
Permission to doze off on the sofa has been granted! x