This is a Type-A Parent paid post to discuss sleep issues, and to share a new insomnia resource from the National Sleep Foundation.
I’ve always been a good sleeper. I joke with my husband that I can sleep anywhere at anytime. I can sleep in the car (with someone else driving, of course), on the couch, with the lights on, music playing or the television turned on.
And then I got pregnant. Sleep went out the window. (Except during naps. Apparently my cat does NOT have sleep issues. I could definitely nap when I was pregnant.)
The end of my pregnancy was miserable when it came to sleep. Some of my pocket friends (twitter friends) joked that the hours I was awake in the middle of the night were the hours my son was probably going to be awake. This was, according to my pocket friends, my body’s way of training me to be awake at all hours. I did not like my body during that time. I also hated every person who recommended I sleep then, because once the baby was born, I wasn’t going to sleep again.
It was understandable after the baby was born, why I wasn’t getting much sleep. I mean, I had an infant. An infant who didn’t sleep through the night for 15 months. But now, over 18 months after that sleep-filled night, I still have problems from time to time with sleep. I actually brought this up to my doctor this week because I’m clearly not getting enough sleep and she was wondering the cause of my sleeplessness.
I have an addiction to technology. I love my phone. I love social media. And I love checking in on my pocket friends before I go to bed at night. My phone is also my alarm clock. Checking my phone constantly is one trigger preventing me from sleeping well.
The fix? (at least for me) Reading. And not on my phone. Reading a book at bedtime (and not the Sesame Street variety) has helped me relax. I’m not checking my phone and I don’t have my laptop in bed with me. (We also don’t have a television in our room, so that’s not an issue.)
I’ve had a few nights recently that I didn’t sleep well – and it had nothing to do with technology. It had everything to do with the stress level in my still-new-to-me job. I was responsible for events I had never been done before. Several nights, I woke at 1 or 2 in the morning thinking about the cookies I was making. I considered icing cookies at 2 in the morning. I was clearly out of my mind. Once those events went off without a hitch, I was able to get a good night’s sleep again.
And having a sweet cat beside me doesn’t hurt either. Seriously, Chloe is the best sleeper and obviously doesn’t suffer from insomnia.
Do you have sleep issues? Even occasionally? What have you tried that has helped?
Be sure to check out a new resource from the National Sleep Foundation at sleepfoundation.org/insomnia – a good place to start if you think you have insomnia or aren’t sleeping. The National Sleep Foundation is your trusted resource for everything sleep – understanding how sleep works & why it’s important, learning healthy habits, creating a relaxing bedroom & bedtime routine, & finding solutions to your sleep issues.