Are you a sleep deprived parent? I am.
Even though my little one is not so little anymore. T is five. We co-slept with her when she was a baby. And just before her second birthday, she moved into her new bedroom. We made her room beautiful. Decorated it with a feature wallpaper from Cath Kidston, her cot, was turned into a proper bed for a toddler. When she first saw it, she squealed in delight, especially when she discovered that her cot-bed could be used as a trampoline. Did she sleep on it? I’ll save that for another post.
Fast forward to the present. She’s now five. Is she sleeping on her bed? Yes. Does she sleep alone in her room? Err… Depends on what day it is.
Hello. My name is Dean and I am a sleep-deprived parent.
It’s easy to recognise my fellow sleep-deprived parents at the school-gate or school-runs. We look like zombies. No, we don’t look like characters straight from ‘Shaun of the Dead’ movie. Although we could easily pass off as a dead-person walking, as we drag our bodies heavily across the school grounds, wearing our spaced-out expressions on our faces. We mumble incoherently or with monosyllabic answers to “How are yous” from annoyingly cheerful parents who smile and greet us. In our heads, we’re shoving them violently on the side and growling “Go to hell!” under our breaths.
Thank goodness, I don’t do the morning run, otherwise, I’d be known as “T’s crazy mother”.
In honour of the sleep-deprived parent, Yorkshire Linen recently launched a campaign called “The Patch up with your sleep revolution”. It invites parents to share their tips on how to get that much sought-after holy grail of a goodnight’s sleep.
I’ll be honest with you, I don’t really have much tips to share. If I did, I wouldn’t be sleep-deprived now would I?
One thing is certain though, I know what makes me happy.
I love beddings, clean, crisp, newly laundered bedding. I may not sleep on it the whole night, but knowing that it is there, just waiting for me, fills me with absolute bliss.
I’ve mentioned this so many times in past posts before, how much I love beddings and soft-furnishings, how they are on the top of my list of “small joys”. Suddenly the state of being sleep-deprived isn’t much of a big deal anymore. Bring it on, sleepless nights! Besides lacking sleep is like the “new normal” isn’t it? At least in the land of parenthood, that is. After all, Part of our job description as a parent: Must learn how to function with little sleep. And you know what, I’m bloody good at it!
Do you have any tips on how to have a good night’s sleep?
Disclosure: This is a collaborated post.