If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.
I’ve been struggling with lack of sleep for some time. Initially I’d blamed Samuel as he went through a phase of waking 2 or 3 times a night and then having a tantrum. At its worst point I was getting 3 hours sleep a night. Thing have now improved and he’s stopped waking during the night *touches every single piece of wood within reach*. I still feel just as knackered though. I’ve tried going to bed early but often end up lying there for a few hours as my mind is far too busy. Frustratingly I also end up waking just before the kids wake up. I feel like I do not get enough sleep and wondered how true that is – or if it is just my perception. I downloaded the Sleepbot app to have a look at how much sleep I actually do get.
- If something is troubling you and there is nothing you can do about it right away, try writing it down before going to bed and then tell yourself to deal with it tomorrow.
- If you can’t sleep, get up and do something relaxing. Read, watch television or listen to quiet music. After a while, you should feel tired enough to go to bed again.
- Caffeine hangs around in your body for many hours after your last drink of tea or coffee. Stop drinking tea or coffee by mid-afternoon. If you want a hot drink in the evening, try something milky or herbal (but check there’s no caffeine in it).