It seems like everywhere you look lately, there is more news about just how important sleep is for your health, your career, your wellbeing – your sanity! There are new books popping up every day about how to get more sleep, and Arianna Huffington even left the huge media platform she started, which bears her name, to concentrate on a start up that focuses on wellness and, to a large degree, helping people to see just how important sleep is.
But what if you have a small person in your house who no longer appears to like sleep? Who wakes up in the middle of the night at least once a night to call you into their room. What if they want to hold your hand when they go back to sleep, which is wonderful and lovely apart from the fact that it leaves you lying on their cold floor with your eyes wide open in the dark, hoping that sleep will come over you.
And what if you decide not to hold their hand, or if your husband volunteers to lie on the floor, and you are left lying in your bed listening to them cry for you, both miserable and wide awake. And what if you decide to bring them into bed with you, but they wriggle and roll around and kick your husband in the head, and insist on lying flat on top of your pregnant stomach, making you lie awake thinking about how they might be squashing the baby inside of you?
What if, when your tiny person DOES sleep through the night, your stupid pregnancy body wakes you up every two hours to pee?
What if, because of the first pregnancy, and the small person and the next pregnancy, and the imminent arrival of another small person, you work out that you won’t have had a decent stretch of sleep (ie: more than one night at a time) for a minimum of FOUR YEARS, probably longer?
What then, Arianna? What then?
Any advice for surviving sleep deprivation / getting a toddler to realise they can go back to sleep without you / preparing for life with a toddler who wakes up in the night and a baby who’ll need feeding every two hours is MUCH APPRECIATED.