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 sleep-centre.ca 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 sleep-centre.ca 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 http://sleep-sleepcentre.ca