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How Sleep Better When You Have KIDS

Having children is knackering. It is absolutely EXHAUSTING and as mums we need as much sleep as we can possibly get. However it’s not as simple as that.

Sleep brings about so many benefits, including better skin and health. But with children we can find it very difficult to get a good nights sleep, as they tend to have their own ideas.

Here are a few suggestions that can make a big difference….

Take Sleep Seriously


The first and most important point is simply to start treating sleep with the respect it deserves.

Don’t go to bed late thinking you’ll ‘make up for it later’.

Sleep will impact every aspect of the way you feel, look and perform and the negative effects can be cumulative with time.

Make getting enough, high quality sleep a priority. Where ever possible.

Drink Less

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If you are drinking even a couple of glasses of wine or beer a night, then this will be badly hurting the quality of your sleep.


Alcohol leads to dehydration, it increases your heartrate and it prevents you from getting fully restorative deep sleep. If you aren’t out socializing, pick a fruit juice instead.


Oh and the same goes for caffeine past 4pm as well!

Take a Hot Shower Before Bed

This is one easy change that can have a huge impact on your sleep.

A hot shower will stimulate the production of melatonin (the sleep hormone) in your body and thus help you to sleep like a baby.

It also naturally relaxes the muscles.

You could also use a scent like Lavender to help relax you and sleep well.

Avoid Screen Time


For an hour before bed, avoid looking at computer screens or phones.

Your brain registers this wavelength of light as sunlight because it’s a similar point on the spectrum. Try using the Blue Light filter instead if you need to be using a screen.

Spend the last hour reading quietly and you’ll reduce your cortisol and sleep much better as a result!

Many unnatural lights can cause this problem too – in fact, just going to the bathroom in the night can trigger the release of enough cortisol to have quite profound negative effects on your sleep subsequently.

Consider a Daylight Alarm


While you want to avoid screen time during the evening though, this same ‘blue light’ is actually very beneficial when you’re just waking up.

That’s because cortisol is one of the things that helps us wake up and it’s a lack of this natural light that often makes it hard to get up in winter.

Try getting a daylight alarm which works by simulating the effects of a sunrise first thing in the morning by producing light at just the right wavelengths and then getting gradually brighter. – I use an automated brightness setting on my phone, where it gradually gets brighter as the day goes by, and then dull again in the evening.

My Honest Advice to you?

Don’t worry too much about getting the best nights sleep just yet. We are all young, and while yes the signs of aging can’t be reversed, we can work on preventing them when our little cherubs are older, and we have more time to ourselves.

If you have a particularly bad night with your child then just enjoy the time you spend with them, even if it is 1o’clock in the morning. They grow up way to fast for us to be worrying about getting the “perfect nights sleep” right now.

I take a nap when Isabelle is at school, and try to go to bed early (being around 9-10pm), so I am ready for the day ahead. For me a good nights sleep is waking in the morning feeling ready to take on anything that my toddler (is she still a toddler?) throws at me.

Sleep Well xx

Emma xx

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We’re Coming out of Lockdown!

I cannot believe it! We are finally going to be free from this dreadful lock down. The government has decided that we can meet up with friends and families again, and if we follow the stages laid out by them we should be back to normal by JUNE 2021.

I can’t say that I fully believe their pledge, but I am ready for the freedom to begin. It has been soo long since we last got to see my parents and grandparents, and I’m really feeling alone.

When we first went into lockdown anxiety bloomed and depression set in. We were alone. My support network were stripped from me. And because of the technicality of having a lodger in my house I wasn’t eligible to go and see my family as a bubble. My Nan who I saw every single week for lunch, no matter what, was suddenly removed from my weekly routine, and I could only speak to her on a video call when we got a chance. I miss our lunch dates we used to have. I miss my mum and I miss being able to get out of the house and having other people helping me with my very active toddler.

We are so excited to see our family, but more importantly I am excited to be able to get out of the house, and make memories with Isabelle that doesn’t involve the house. The first thing I want to do is to take her to the Zoo. She has been begging me for the last 2 months, so I think that is definitely the first thing we should be doing. (Don’t worry there will most definitely be a video and blog about it!). I can’t wait to see her face as she gets to go to these amazing places that we used to go to almost monthly.

She’s also super excited to be able to go swimming again, an activity she used to do on a Saturday morning with her Nanna. Indoor soft play, and just in general seeing all of her friends again.

You see us adults tend to forget just how hard the children have had it. I’m not on about the teenagers – I see hundreds of them every day at work in groups when they shouldn’t be and being a general nuisance – but the younger children. The ones who aren’t allowed to go out on their own, who don’t have a mobile phone to be able to contact their friends, the ones who can’t yet read or write, who are only just learning about the world. They had their friends stripped from them. Their weekly routines turned upside down. All with no understanding of why this is happening.

Yes we are excited that the pubs are opening back up, and that the shops will finally be opening their doors to us. Yes we are glad we can go out for a meal again in a restaurant, but our children have had it much harder. Being taught at home by your parents is no fun matter, for either party.

We are coming out of lockdown, but I honestly think the first couple of months should be a celebration for the children, BEFORE we celebrate in the pubs.

HEY let’s take the kids out and then have our friends over in the evening! Or let’s take the kids out with our friends. I know that’s what I will be doing. My best friend and I are already planning our first outing which is going to end in a girls night in, with the kiddies having a sleep over at one of our houses.

Let me know what you’re most looking forward to coming out of lockdown.

Do you have any plans already?

Much love

xoxoxox