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Sleep Sleep Glorious Sleep

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As some of you may have heard by now (several times) I am loving my fitbit.  Not just because it has upped my walking steps or got me into a little bit of friendly competition, but because I am focusing on an area we regularly ignore - sleep.  Did you know that getting more than 7 hours sleep a night can increase your exercise discomfort, reaction time and speed?  It also makes you slimmer than your fellow counterparts who are getting less than 6 hours sleep regularly.  I am the first to admit that I ram too much into a day, rush around like a headless chicken, and don't relax enough.  Are you the same?

So how can you make sure you are getting enough sleep?


Do you sleep as soundly as a baby

sleep like a baby

Sleep deprivation is a form of torture - fact.  And whilst we all survive the baby days of night feeds and teething, we feel there is always light at the end of the tunnel as they get older.  Most of the time, mine are pretty good sleepers.  They may wake, but normally they go back to sleep -  until recently.  My eldest, Isla, is a gorgeous bright 5 year old in her first term at school.  However, she is easily spooked, and at the moment she is worried that burglars will get her whilst she is asleep.  This results in a fair few toilet stops before bed, several ‘tuck me up please’, lots of ‘I can’t sleep’ and ‘can you read me another story, and her favourite is ‘will you lie with me?’ before she goes to bed and also in the middle of the night.  We are all on our knees, trying every strategy - audio books, a few night lights, reward charts etc.  I have even shown her her little sister sleeping peacefully and explained that children need to sleep in their own beds, and as she is the big sister, maybe she should lead by example, to which I got ‘Well does that mean you and Daddy need to sleep in different beds as you two are the oldest?’  Got me there!!  Therefore, I have been researching how to overcome insomnia with good sleep routines, and it got me thinking about how healthy mine was.