This is Day 11 in a 31 days to loving sensory parenting. You can start at the beginning of the series here.
I’m really behind on writing daily right now… A big part of it is what I supposed to be writing on today, well, I haven’t made it much of a priority. So, I’m really behind this week. I’m not my best and I need to get back on track. This is message not just for you today but for me.
Today’s post is on sleep…
I used to the person that could not function unless I had 9 hours of sleep. I kid you not. And that sleep was not from going to bed early. I am a night owl… so usually from 12 pm to 9am.
This happened. Miss Sensory arrived a squirmy bundle of joy.
And I’m still waiting for a sleepless nights to end. I remember when Miss Sensory was an infant thinking… “This is the hard part. It’s only downhill from here.”
It wasn’t downhill… it was uphill. We’ve had the best sleep we’ve ever had since we brought her home in the past year, and it’s still awful sleep. So that’s five years of sleep deprivation. In case you didn’t know, not getting enough sleep is not very good for you.
So, I finally started making sleep more of a priority this year. Since, we have to get up and get ready for school I need to be semi-conscious, I decided I better start learning how to go to bed early.
My goal in life right now is to be the best ME I can be, because when I am the best ME then I am able to help Miss Sensory navigate life better. Part of me being the best means I need sleep! I need good sleep, not the kind where she screams every 5 minutes and refuses Sensory Dad.
I could give you so many tips on how to make this happen but today I’m not going to because this week I would say none of them worked. I simply failed. I am guilty of making a poor choice in this area this week and not doing the one thing I needed to do most.
Make sleep a priority. Make it a priority as if your life depended on sleep. It’s that simple. You can choose.
When it seems out of your control because sleep doesn’t come easy for your child. Make it a priority for you. Find a way. When your child goes to sleep, don’t stay up and clean the kitchen, go to sleep! When your child will only accept you in the middle of the night, work towards getting them to accept your spouse or a grandma. It’s all about baby steps! Even if you get one night a month make it happen.
We are making it a priority. No more late nights. Starting TODAY!