When only your bed will do
This week I'm writing on a new slant and I'm going to tell you a bit about me and my sleep (or lack of it).
The week before last, I spent a week at my parents due to a huge extension project which has left me without a kitchen, hallway or functioning living room. Chaos is not the word and with 2 young children under the age of 4, my husband and I took the decision to move out while we knock down walls and try and make good again.
Off we trotted to my parents (poor parents I know but thankfully they were off on their holidays). During the week we spent there, I slept in 3 different beds due to a sick baby not sleeping, insomniac husband (worrying about his building project) and 3 year old bed wetting incident. I felt a little like Goldilocks after trying all 3 beds and still not finding myself able to get a good nights sleep. It's not that they weren't nice beds, they just weren't MY bed.
Of course the show must go on and I still had to come to work each day, travel on the early train once or twice and continue with my no less than hectic lifestyle. Nursery drop offs, packed lunches, juggling sick baby with work commitments and a husband who needed to spend every waking moment either at work or working on the house. I have never felt so tired, miserable and utterly dejected.
After 8 nights of this we moved on and were able to use our own beds again. The first night in my own bed (A gorgeous Feather & Black Manhattan Bed and a TEMPUR mattress I might add), I slept. Not just slept, I didn't move from the position I fell asleep in all night. As I slipped under the clean sheets and felt my tired achy body sink into my familiar mattress, I knew I was going to sleep. Not only did I sleep but so did the kids for the first time in a week and when I woke up on Sunday morning after 10 hours solid sleep, I felt like a new woman.
We celebrated in the sunshine with a trip to the park and the beach and with my new found energy I realised how important my sleep was and how much I had undervalued it. It's easy to forget with our busy lives but it does have a direct effect so make your bed your favourite and most comfortable place to be and with rested night times, the day time won't feel like such hard work.
Hopefully you're reading this thinking "wow, I can relate to that". Put your sleep first and life will be just that little bit easier. Trust me, I know!
October 7th 2011