Unless you're one of those lucky few parents whose young kids live to sleep, you're probably in the same boat as the rest of us — staggering through your days in a fog of fatigue, yet dreading sunset when the clock starts ticking closer and closer towards bedtime. Even if your kids don't have trouble falling asleep, their challenge might be staying asleep. You've come to expect you'll be greeted by a little shadowy face multiple times in the night.
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I loved singing lullabies to my daughter. As a musical theatre geek who suddenly had a captive audience (one that was physically incapable of walking out on me), how could I not? At nap time, bed time, really any time, I'd croon my own renditions of familiar classics. A couple of standouts: "Don't Cry For Me Little Baby" (sung to the tune of "Don't Cry for Me Argentina") and a song I just referred to as "Baby Hypnosis".
Parents who know the struggle of getting their kids to go to sleep may have turned in bleary-eyed desperation to The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, the bestselling book that uses psychological tricks to get little listeners to quickly doze off. About a year ago, I played a reading of the book to my daughter at bedtime, and it worked like a charm three out of five times. (And it made me yawn a whole lot.)
If you don't have a hot water bottle at the foot of your bed as Australia heads into the colder, rainier months, I'm begging you to reconsider. Sure, you can wear warm socks or tuck your feet under a human or canine companion. But dogs don't stay in place, and people tend to shriek "Eek! Your feet are cold!" before rolling over and stealing your covers.
If you're having a hard time waking up on time in the morning, you might need to adjust your schedule to align with your sleep cycles. The closer you can line up with the 90-minute rule, the better.
As delicious as a perfectly brewed cup of coffee is, we generally know that we shouldn’t pour a fresh cup after a certain time — it might keep you up at night, after all. We also know that looking at our smartphones at night can ruin our sleep. But how many of us actually put our phones away, or at least use some sort of strategy to limit blue light from screens?