When you’re a parent, sleep is king. No, better than that, sleep is your LIFE. Never underestimate how much sleep will be missed, how much the concept of lying down, closing your eyes and clocking out for a few hours will consume your every thought.
Because the simple fact is, babies don’t sleep. They hate it. They are teeny tiny sleep dictators, withholding this precious commodity from you at every opportunity. It’s like they know it’s the one thing that might actually save you from going really, properly insane, so they tease you with it like a donkey with a carrot and a stick. IT IS HIDEOUS. If you want to learn more about why they do it – you might be too tired to take anything in, however – check out these sleep studies here.
You think you know sleep deprivation when you’re young. But that, my friend, is not sleep deprivation. That’s a hangover, or getting up early to go on holiday, or going to work after a Breaking Bad marathon.
Try going six months without ever having more than two hours’ consecutive sleep, or two years over never sleeping in past the hour of 6am. Try not going to bed when you want to, waking up when you want to, sleeping alone when you want to. Try dealing with someone else weeing in your bed at 3am or poking you in the eye at 6am.
In a nutshell, it is hard, YOU WON’T SLEEP PROPERLY FOR YEARS. Sorry to have to break it to you but it’s true. We all go through it.
So when your kids grow up a little bit you’ll start to really REALLY want to make the most of the little time you have to sleep. I mean, really. You’ll get it where you can – I’ve lost count of the snatched moments I’ve grabbed recently on the sofa while my tiny people are engrossed in Minons or some such awful movie.
But even better, you’ll want to get a good bed. A good proper bed that you can spend as much time as you can squeeze in.
And I’ve just discovered – are you ready? – adjustable beds from Adjustmatic. I mean, are you kidding? WHY DID NOBODY TELL ME ABOUT THIS?!
Adjustable beds are just like normal beds but on speed. A bed, but one that goes up and down. Imagine this: your kids are up and you, therefore, are too, but instead of having to actually get up and entertain the little sleep stealers you can simply electronically sit the back of your bed up and recline with your eyes closed while they entertain themselves (probably with an iPad. When sleep is an issue I don’t shy away from the electronics).
It’s not just that you can move the beds up and down, either. Choose between memory foam! Orthopeadic mattresses! Airflow! Pocket sprung! The world is your bed-based oyster.
So the next time you’re wondering how to make the most of the little sleep you do get, look no further. And enjoy it for me, will you?