The sleep nightmare
Nov30

The sleep nightmare

It was about four years ago that I started having sleep problems. I’ve never had a problem getting to sleep at night and I never really wake up in the night. What I do is wake up really, really early. And I can’t get back to sleep. I’ve always been an early bird or a morning person, even as a teenager. Getting up early with kids was never a problem for me. But somehow they stopped getting up early and I carried on....

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The new school – feeling tired
Sep27

The new school – feeling tired

It’s pretty much the thing you hear parents say more than anything: ‘He’s really tired… ‘ ‘She’s just SO TIRED’. It might be true or it might just be an excuse for a bad behaviour, but how often do you hear it? How often have you said it? Kids are tired after nursery. Tired after playgroup. Tired after school. My kids? NEVER TIRED. They have always gone to bed late. They were all in...

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The new bedtime routine
Feb01

The new bedtime routine

Ever since we moved into our house two years ago, my daughter has struggled to get to sleep. Until the age of 6 or 7, she would fall asleep as soon as her head hit the pillow, but those days are sadly long gone! She misses the noise of our old bungalow and likes to know there are people around when she goes to bed. (She is often the only person upstairs when she does.) She struggles to fall asleep, then she worries that she’s...

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The early bird catches the worm (but only if she’s rested)
Nov06

The early bird catches the worm (but only if she’s rested)

Regular readers will know I’m an early bird. I always see times beginning with a 5. Sometimes I even see times beginning with a 4 (I really don’t want to see those times!). For early birds, it’s even more important that the sleep we are actually getting is good quality sleep. So how do you get a good night’s sleep? There’s lots of sensible advice around, like not using your phone in bed, a calming bedtime...

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The tummy ache gets worse…
Jan09

The tummy ache gets worse…

After not getting to sleep until 11.20pm on New Year’s Day, I was desperate for my daughter to see a doctor about her worsening tummy ache. But everyone wants to see a doctor straight after a holiday and she wasn’t deemed an emergency, so we were given an appointment for the following Tuesday. The doctor I spoke to on the phone said in the meantime we should increase the dose of the dreaded chocolate medicine from two...

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