Sleep – do you get it?
It’s Thursday and I’m wishing I was still in bed.
I was going to write about the ongoing leadership issues plaguing the Labor Party, but I am sick and tired of writing about that. My view hasn’t changed. Grow up and get on with running the country. I’m actually obsessed with something else at the moment – sleep and why I’m not getting any.
Did you get a good night’s sleep last night? If your answer was yes, then I am supremely jealous of you! If your answer was no, then I feel your pain. I don’t think I’ve had a good night’s sleep for sixty years and I’m only 38 years old. It’s just that I feel sixty.
In fact, I’ve struggled a lot with sleep of late. You see I have three children – the eldest is 5-years-old, the middle 3.5-years-old and the youngest is 1.5-years-old. I don’t think I’ve truly slept for five years. Most of the time I am exhausted like Nikki recently, most of the time I find myself longingly looking at my bed during the day wishing for a nap.
Earlier this week, it got so bad I found myself sobbing on my youngest child’s bedroom floor. It was 1am and she had been screaming on-and-off for about an hour. The other two children had jumped into my bed with my husband to escape the noise. As the toddler sat staring at me I cried. It was that really ugly crying, the kind where your body shakes and tears fall like rivers from your eyes. On the upside, she stopped screaming. My huband found me slumped on the ground, exhausted, and gently tapped me on my shoulder and whispered: “Go and get some sleep”. I did – on the couch.
Luckily, the next day everyone in our house slept through the whole night. Even me. There was no screaming, no-one was sick, no-one even crawled into our bed and did the “snow angel” where they kick you with their legs and hit you with their arms simultaneously. This parenting caper is hard enough as it is, let alone when you’re running on empty and you never catch up on much needed shut-eye. Throw a cold into the mix or shift-work and it gets even harder.
And there’s the other problem I have and that’s planning in my head. I get so busy in my thoughts thinking about what I need to do, running over conversations I’ve had and planning for the future my brain gets crowded. I can almost see the smoke coming out of my ears as my thoughts spin and spin. Then, I get anxious looking at the minutes clicking over and I start to work out how little sleep I’ll be getting if I don’t go to sleep straight away. It’s so frustrating. Inevitably, as soon as I calm my brain down and start to drift off to dreamland, a little person will wake me up. Does this happen to you?
When was the last time you got a good night’s sleep? Do your kids keep you awake or are you pregnant and find yourself getting up to go the loo every five minutes? Or is it worrying that keeps you tossing and turning or crazy work hours?
Do you have trouble sleeping? Have you got any tips for getting a good night’s sleep?
Have a fab day,
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