There is one very clear thing my daughter and I have in common – she inherited my terrible sleeping patterns.


I have always have trouble shutting down at night and telling myself to go to sleep. I don’t like the idea of missing anything. This means I have always been bad at getting up in the morning.

This meant that when I started a job working 7 am to 3 pm and I had to catch the bus just after 6 in the morning things got totally miserable. I felt like the walking dead most of the time. Every day was a slog and I didn’t think I was going to make it through the short contract, and then I was offered an extension. Something needed to change.

And that change was going to bed by 9:30 pm every night instead of 11 pm. Getting more sleep made all the difference in the world.

It may have been obvious to someone else, but to a person who hated lying down to go to sleep at the end of the day, it took me a while to realize what exactly my problem was.

Perhaps if I had read up on the effects of sleeplessness on a site like Tylenol’s it would have dawned on me sooner.

Of course, after I became a mother sleeplessness became a way of life, and my daughter has all the problems shutting down that I have. It’s pretty easy to see how too little sleep effects her, and that reminds me that I need to take care of myself.

The site also has a link to a coupon for $4 off Tylenol Nighttime, which offers pain relief and a sleep aid, which would be useful on the days when the kid has been demanding about being carried – it’s hard on my back.

Now, what are the chances that if I show some of the videos and resources on to my daughter she’ll grasp the concept?

This post was generously sponsored by Tylenol Nighttime, but the opinions and images are my own. For more information, visit


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