Go the f@ck to sleep

It is 10.45pm. I am exhausted to the point of feeling sick. I know I should go to bed and yet I can’t. I just can’t switch off.

After trawling mindlessly through Facebook, I decide enough is enough and drag myself off to bed. As I pull down the sheets, I work out how many hours of sleep I will get before I wake. Five and a half hours. I would have liked six, but five and a half is not bad. Five and a half will do.

It seems as though my head has just touched the pillow when I wake up. I look toward the window begging to see sunlight from behind the blinds, but all I see is the glow of the moon gloating at me. I reach for my phone praying sunrise is imminent. It’s not. It is 2am and I am wide awake. Wide awake with loads of energy. Dave is sleeping soundly beside me. The kids aren’t making a peep. The house is quiet as a mouse and here I am like the Engergizer Bunny ready to go.

It seems that somewhere in the last three and a half years, I have forgotten how to sleep. I used to be a brilliant sleeper. I would love and need my eight hours. Now I can manage with five or six.

It seems that since becoming a mum I have conditioned myself to function on much less sleep than I should be getting.

I guess the conditioning started when I was pregnant with my first. I had ‘morning’ sickness throughout the night, I could never get comfortable in bed and would be up and down like a yo-yo to the toilet. When our first little doll arrived, the sleepless nights were a major shock to the system. I would walk around like a zombie. When our second came along a couple of years later, the conditioning continued.

The crazy thing is that these days I’m not losing sleep because of the kids. It’s because of me.

Switching off from a busy day is definitely an issue, but it’s also a case of not wanting to go to bed when everyone else does. I’d much rather stay up to blog, and read, and watch TV. Basically to have some much needed ‘me’ time.

Meanwhile when I do go to sleep, I am always half listening out for the kids. Even though Smiley is 16 months old and just down the hall from us, I have the monitor virtually glued to my ear.

I try not to get frustrated when I wake in the wee hours of the morning. It happens so regularly there is no point. I usually start planning what I need to do for the day. Sometimes I jot down thoughts in my notebook, other times I get out of bed and tap away on the computer. It only lasts about half an hour until my lids are heavy enough to guarantee me drifting off as soon as I lay my weary body down.

When my alarm goes off I usually wake with a headache and feel seedy. I never roll back over and hit snooze though. I am eager to make the most of the quiet time, while the rest of the house sleeps.

While I can function on such little sleep at the moment, I know I can’t keep this up forever. It is time to begin reconditioning myself starting off with an earlier bedtime. So, if you see me on Facebook past 10pm tell me to do what my children are doing and go the f@ck to sleep!

Does anyone have the same problem? How many hours do you get a night? If I get 50 likes for this post I will write a version of Go the fuck to sleep about mums for mums.

Today, I’m linking up with the gorgeous Zanni for Sunshine Sunday writing to the theme – Night.

77 comments on Go the f@ck to sleep

  1. Kate
    March 16, 2014 at 6:12 am (4 years ago)

    Oh Renee. All I can say is perhaps soon, really soon, when the little ones are that little bit older, I think you’ll be able to turn off more. I know once my little one was out of a cot, and able to come to us in the night, I could relax a little more. I am not one to offer advice, though. I can sleep anywhere, at anytime! But, maybe screen free time an hour or so before bed? It does keep you buzzing. A warm bath perhaps?

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 16, 2014 at 6:23 am (4 years ago)

      Kate, I think you’re really onto something there. I need to turn of the screen and have some down time before even trying to sleep. Thanks πŸ™‚

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  2. Lydia C. Lee
    March 16, 2014 at 6:38 am (4 years ago)

    Congrats on the Voices of 2014…I used to get a bout of insomnia every Thursday night for some reason, when I had my first child. I went to the dr incase it was PND and she laughed hysterically and suggested if it was only on a Thursday, perhaps it was related to what I ate or watched on tv. She suggested I try not watching Law & Order, and I suggested I’d rather have insomnia….it now switches days, but usually only one night a week or less…so I just get up and read in the bath – at least I’m enjoying it, rather than panicking about my lack of sleep…

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 16, 2014 at 6:41 am (4 years ago)

      Lol. That’s really interesting, Lydia. I love how you’d rather go without sleep than Law & Order πŸ™‚ Thanks for the congrats!

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  3. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    March 16, 2014 at 7:09 am (4 years ago)

    Oh Renee I csn totally sympathise! You don’t have an overactive thyroid do you? I do and when it’s bad I hardly sleep at all but just don’t get tired. It’s crazy! Hope you can start to get a bit more sleep soon! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 16, 2014 at 8:48 pm (4 years ago)

      Lucy, that does sound crazy and awful too. As far as I know I don’t have an overactive thyroid, but perhaps I should check it out. Thanks for the suggestion x

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      • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
        March 18, 2014 at 7:49 pm (4 years ago)

        Haha I’m sure you’re fine… but always worth a check I suppose! It’s actually not a bad thing when you need to get lots done… probably not great for your health though! xx

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        • mummywifeme
          mummywifeme
          March 18, 2014 at 9:18 pm (4 years ago)

          Lol, Lucy! Thanks for checking back in x

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  4. Erin
    March 16, 2014 at 7:50 am (4 years ago)

    Seconding Kate, lots of studies about talking about the effects of blue light on our sleep. need to have a screen free half hour at least before bed or you don’t have a deep sleep and have the problems you are experiencing.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 18, 2014 at 9:26 pm (4 years ago)

      Yep, I think I definitely need to cut back before sleep. It’s going to be hard. Eek!

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  5. Alicia - One Mother Hen
    March 16, 2014 at 7:59 am (4 years ago)

    I’m always staying up too late, feeling I need quiet time, ‘me time’, where I can think and do with out the distraction of little people πŸ™‚
    I have no trouble sleeping when it comes to it though and I always try to make sure I am in bed by at least 11. I do the same, think about how many hours I’ve got before I will be up when I do go to bed.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 16, 2014 at 8:53 pm (4 years ago)

      It’s hard isn’t it? By the time all the dinner and dishes are done and lunch for the next day it’s already 8.30pm. Doesn’t leave a lot of me time. I hope you get an early night tonight πŸ™‚

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  6. Claire Gray
    March 16, 2014 at 8:24 am (4 years ago)

    I have been struggling with lack of sleep and disturbed sleep patterns for over 2 years now. I even did a sleep study which was highly insightful. I had begun some poor coping methods with regards to my sleep disturbances and these had begun a pattern. I had to retrain my brain and also fill out detailed sleep diaries each morning. Sleep hygiene is important – this is how you prepare for sleep. sound weird ? It’s all about what you do in the lead up to sleep – screen time. TV. FB. Etc. the LED lighting from electronic devices can actually interfere with your brain chemistry so it’s wise to close them down at least an hour before bedtime. My problems began when my daughter was 2.5yrs and when we moved house. I can relate to so much of your blog. It was as if you were telling my story
    Good luck with your sleep issues. There is lots of helpful advice online ( tho don’t read it at bedtime )

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 16, 2014 at 8:58 pm (4 years ago)

      Claire, I can not tell you how much your comment on this post means to me. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences. To hear that you relate to the blog fills me with happiness. THANK YOU! Your sleep issues sound really intense. I hope that the sleep study was able to help you and that things have improved for you now. I think there’s definitely something in closing down screen time an hour for bed. It will definitely take me some time to get used to that!

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      • Claire Gray
        March 17, 2014 at 12:50 pm (4 years ago)

        I still like playing games on my iPad and checking FB late at night even though I know it’s part of my sleep problem. I have stopped doing this in the bedroom and contain it o lounge room activity only. It seems to help. Good luck with your efforts at minimising your late night screen time.

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        • mummywifeme
          mummywifeme
          March 17, 2014 at 8:25 pm (4 years ago)

          Thank you! I think confining it to the lounge room is a good idea too. Good luck with your sleep too πŸ™‚

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          • Claire Gray
            March 17, 2014 at 10:53 pm (4 years ago)

            Thanks Renee

  7. Jen @Survivor's Guide to Colic
    March 16, 2014 at 8:29 am (4 years ago)

    You’ve nailed it. I hear you 100%. Last night’s sleep was so bad that Sam took Oli out for a walk this morning so that I could ‘sleep in’… stuff that dreams are made of… but then I couldn’t sleep… What the??!! And yet you’re right, somehow we get through – it still amazes me (8 hours was a minimum in my B.C. life πŸ˜‰

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 16, 2014 at 8:59 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh Jen! Poor you. I know what you mean though. Just when you want to sleep, you can’t! Argh, so frustrating. I hope you get a good night’s sleep tonight πŸ™‚

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  8. Winnie @ Bubfriendly
    March 16, 2014 at 8:55 am (4 years ago)

    You definitely nailed it with this post Renee! During the day I hardly ever get a minute to even sit down or eat, when the toddler is sorted out, the baby will be crying out for something and they never both nap at the same time! If only! So once they are both in bed and I managed to have dinner and bath, usually that is 9 or 10pm, I feel that I will go and have my much needed ‘break’! So I sit down to blog, watch TV, reply emails, fold the laundry and all the things I couldn’t get to do earlier. For example, last night I only went to bed at 3am and up by 6!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 16, 2014 at 9:01 pm (4 years ago)

      Winnie! Oh my God! You must be exhausted. Please tell me this is not a regular occurrence. If I see you online I’ll be sure to tell you to get straight into bed. I know what you mean though. By the time you finish all the kids and dinner stuff it’s the time most others are going to bed. Hope you get a good sleep tonight.

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  9. Bec | Mumma Tells
    March 16, 2014 at 11:33 am (4 years ago)

    Yes. This. Interesting that Lucy mentioned your thyroid – it’s one of the symptoms I have too with mine being out of kilter. Could be worth a look?

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 16, 2014 at 9:07 pm (4 years ago)

      Hmm, yes maybe I should seeing it’s something you both mentioned. I’m off to google symptoms πŸ™‚ x

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  10. Sam Stone (@A Life on Venus)
    March 16, 2014 at 1:26 pm (4 years ago)

    I would love to be getting 8 hours a night sleep Renee, but it all depends on what night shenanigans my kids have planned for me. But I am constantly feeling exhausted these days.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 16, 2014 at 9:07 pm (4 years ago)

      I hear ya, Sam. Here’s hoping we get a good sleep tonight!

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  11. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    March 16, 2014 at 2:11 pm (4 years ago)

    Renee, doesn’t it feel revolting when you’re lacking sleep? I’m a fabulous sleeper naturally, but for the last 8 weeks I’ve been getting up at 3am to get John off to work, then don’t get myself back to sleep until about 4.30, then up again at 6 for school. I’m praying that he’s back on his normal shift soon, because it’s really getting to me!
    It’s so easy to try and squeeze a few more minutes into the end of the day, but then we lose track and it’s midnight before you realize. Maybe some meditation would get you into a deeper sleeping pattern, hun?
    Huge congratulations on your nomination Renee, so very deserved! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 16, 2014 at 9:09 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks very much, Lisa πŸ™‚ What a terrible disruption to your sleep though. That must be very, very hard. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you that he’s back to his normal shift soon. The whole family must be feeling it. Meditation is a good idea. I do have a little breathing exercise that I’m meant to do, but usually forget πŸ™‚ xx

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  12. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)
    March 16, 2014 at 5:53 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m much the same. I don’t sleep well. I really value my time late at night when the house is quiet and it’s my favourite time for writing and blogging. But yes, it cuts into my sleep time and I’m tired all the time. If I get 6-7 hours sleep I’m satisfied, but ultimately would love 8. And I always check the clock when I hop into bed and mentally calculate how many hours I will get – it drives me crazy!!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 16, 2014 at 9:11 pm (4 years ago)

      Doesn’t it ever, Jodie! Maybe the answer is having one or two early nights a week, so we still get to stay up late and blog every now and then πŸ™‚

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  13. Zanni Louise
    March 16, 2014 at 7:52 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh Renee, I feel for you hon! Not being able to sleep is terrible. I have spouts of it…even when baby Rosie sleeps all night I am still waking up through the night. But fortunately it’s never for long. I am blessed to be a pretty good sleeper generally. Try doing some unwinding things like a yoga stretch before bed maybe, or a bath? Thanks so much for linking in for #sunshinesundays xx xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 16, 2014 at 9:13 pm (4 years ago)

      I really need to get back into yoga. It has been way too long. It’s interesting to hear you still wake sometimes when Rosie is sleeping through. It’s hard to get out of that pattern isn’t it?! Thanks again for hosting xx

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  14. Lauren
    March 16, 2014 at 8:04 pm (4 years ago)

    I hear you Renee! Both of our boys are in bed by 7.30 and sleep through but I STILL can’t fall to sleep/stay asleep! I can feel physically exhausted and still not fall asleep and for the past few months I’ve been surviving on 5 – 6 hrs of sleep at best. I hope you can find the secret to contented sleep, please let me know if you do!! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 16, 2014 at 9:14 pm (4 years ago)

      I sure will, Lauren!!! What are we like? We need to get to the bottom of this and bring back sleep πŸ™‚ xx

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  15. Toni @ Finding Myself Young
    March 16, 2014 at 9:11 pm (4 years ago)

    I have the same issue! I want to stay up later because its the only time I get to myself and then when I go to bed I can’t sleep. It’s so frustrating. Especially when the baby sleeps 8-10 hrs a night now so I could be getting a good sleep each night. I think my bodies been conditioned to survive on no sleep.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 16, 2014 at 9:16 pm (4 years ago)

      That must be it, Toni! Frustrating isn’t it?! I really hope it improves over time. We’ve just spent the last however long training the kids to sleep, now we need to do it for ourselves lol.

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  16. Simone Samuels
    March 16, 2014 at 10:55 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m a night owl and I often just start getting going in the evening. Plus I cram a million things I to my nights too. I have no problem getting to sleep and sleep well but it is never enough, I get by on 5-6 hours most nights but would love 7-8!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 17, 2014 at 6:10 am (4 years ago)

      I wondered how you do everything you do, Sim! There’s just not enough hours in the day is there?! xx

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  17. Kathy
    March 17, 2014 at 6:48 am (4 years ago)

    I think there is probably such a thing as bad sleep habits, and it is so hard to get out of them once you’ve had the sleep deprivation of young kids. I find I have to get up and get out the thoughts in my head, on paper or computer, otherwise I can lie away for hours in the middle of the night. I do tend to put myself to bed earlier most nights, but then get really shirty when I can’t get my creative ‘me’ time early in the morning. Hope you can find some ways to a better night’s sleep.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 17, 2014 at 12:49 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol. I get a little shirty too πŸ˜‰ I find night is when my greatest ideas come to me. You sound just the same, Kathy πŸ™‚

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  18. Emily
    March 17, 2014 at 8:03 am (4 years ago)

    I hear you. Bub still wakes at night, but I’m always listening out for him even though he’s ACROSS THE HALL and the monitor is RIGHT NEXT TO ME. The worst is when I’ve just settled him back down. This is actually usually his best sleep – I’m generally guaranteed to get at least an hour out of him if he’s asleep in the cot (TOUCH WOOD), but I lie there with big BFG ears straining to hear the slightest sound. GO THE F@CK TO SLEEP, EMILY.

    (Congrats on Voices 2014! Yay!)

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 17, 2014 at 12:53 pm (4 years ago)

      Yay. Thank you. Congrats to you too! I assume you got one because I nominated you πŸ™‚ I suppose over time we will not be listening out for every sound, or perhaps it will get worse when they are teenagers and we are waiting up for them to come home at all hours. Argh!

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  19. Carla from myyellowheart
    March 18, 2014 at 1:22 am (4 years ago)

    Oh I’m the same Renee, my sleep patterns are so out of whack!!
    I think having young children and being starved of me time is the culprit for me xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 18, 2014 at 5:45 am (4 years ago)

      It’s hard isn’t it, Carla. I hope in time that we are able to recondition ourselves. Good luck xx

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  20. Neets
    March 21, 2014 at 7:57 am (4 years ago)

    I am so with you on that one Renee. My body has been conditioned to go to sleep at 11pm if not later and wake by 5.30 when Miss H wakes begging for FOOD!! I have to learn to put my phone away after 8pm. It’s so distracting and I’m sure it contributes to the reason I am up so late. Damn yo Facebook. Have you tried having a chamomile tea before bed and doing a bit of meditation? I haven’t but I think I will πŸ™‚ x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 21, 2014 at 2:19 pm (4 years ago)

      Sounds like a serious plan, Neets. I will if you do πŸ™‚ xx

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  21. Caroline raj
    March 21, 2014 at 8:56 am (4 years ago)

    Love love this. After a week of no sleep I can totally relate. I especially love the comment that when you head to bed you think of how many hours you are going to get of sleep. I think I do this every night as children as the best alarm clock – no sleeps ins ever!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 21, 2014 at 2:57 pm (4 years ago)

      Ugh it’s tough isn’t it, Caroline?! Thanks for dropping in πŸ™‚

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  22. Becc
    March 21, 2014 at 9:36 am (4 years ago)

    If I don’t get my 9 hours sleep a night, I go feral!!
    I used to burn the candle at both ends and live off 4-5 hours sleep. In fact I’d feel rather crappy if I ever managed a 7 or 8 hour night.
    Oh how the times change. In my case the sickness altered it. I’ve been lucky that my son is a great sleeper.
    Maybe you need to do some of those insomnia or sleeping courses. There are heaps of techniques and routines they use to help people in this situation.
    Anyway, it may be mid morning, but unless you are at work, I instruct you to go the f@ck to sleep!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 21, 2014 at 2:58 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol, Becc!! I also love the first line of your comment. It made me laugh! Have a great weekend.

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  23. Mandy, Barbie Bieber and Beyond
    March 21, 2014 at 10:53 am (4 years ago)

    I have that trouble every night too, probably doesn’t help that I am up late on the computer blogging and on social media. It makes it very hard for the brain to switch off. I find a nice warm mug of Horlicks helps. Good luck!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 21, 2014 at 2:58 pm (4 years ago)

      Oooh I will try that, Mandy. Thank you. Hope you get a good sleep tonight πŸ™‚

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  24. Annaleis
    March 21, 2014 at 12:16 pm (4 years ago)

    I used to be like you and thought I was doing so well with the little sleep, now realise I actually wasn’t. I hope you find some ways to relax and sleep better soon xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 21, 2014 at 2:59 pm (4 years ago)

      Yes, I’m beginning to realise that too! Thanks for dropping in x

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  25. Francesca
    March 21, 2014 at 8:25 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh Renee, I’m the same. I go to bed late, get up early and don’t stop all day. I feel like I need to slow down but I just can’t. I think I have to try though.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 21, 2014 at 9:55 pm (4 years ago)

      I will try if you do, Francesca πŸ™‚

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  26. Aleney @ BoyEatsWorld
    March 21, 2014 at 8:25 pm (4 years ago)

    I feel your pain. I’ve been trained out of sleep to. I’m lucky if I get 5 hours these days and I am exhausted. I’m dribbling from exhaustion and yet can’t get to sleep for hours and then wake up at stupid o’clock every morning and just lay awake fantasising about a parallel universe where I sleep for 8 hours…

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 21, 2014 at 9:57 pm (4 years ago)

      Ooh that parallel universe sounds like bliss, Aleney. If you find it, let me know πŸ™‚

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  27. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    March 21, 2014 at 8:30 pm (4 years ago)

    If I get 6 in a row it’s bloody miracle!!!! I get about 5 hours of broken sleep most nights. It’s all about tuning out of the world and just making sure your mind is blank. I have been an insomniac for years so can function on little sleep but it means living in a constant state of exhaustion. For some of us that is just our lot, sleep doesn’t come easily to us, so I’ve just come to realise that I can’t really do anything about it but accept (and hate) it. I wish you sweet dreams tonight, and think of a big white cloud only, and as soon as other thoughts enter your brain, STOP THEM, big white cloud, big white boring cloud xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 21, 2014 at 10:03 pm (4 years ago)

      Bring on the big white cloud! Sorry to hear you suffer so badly with insomnia, Em! It completely sucks being in a total state of exhaustion all the time. I don’t know how you manage. Wishing you sweet dreams tonight x

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  28. Bec @ The Plumbette
    March 21, 2014 at 9:04 pm (4 years ago)

    Well I’ve been sleeping fairly well this week but I think it’s because I’m still recovering from my trip to Sydney last week. I don’t understand why babies don’t just sleep through the night in the beginning to avoid our bodies getting used to being awake at night. I hope some of the suggestions in the comments help. I’m hoping and praying my next bub is a sleeper so I can cope with three kids!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 21, 2014 at 10:04 pm (4 years ago)

      I hope so for your sake too, Bec. I really do!

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  29. Tegan
    March 21, 2014 at 10:20 pm (4 years ago)

    Mr 4 doesn’t sleep much. In fact it’s 1015pm now and he doesn’t seem to be tired at all despite spending the day at daycare. I often find that even when he does sleep well I still don’t. My psychologist said if you can’t get to sleep after 20 minutes then get up and do something. She also suggested standing next to the bed with my eyes closed for five minutes, I haven’t tried it yet but she said the stillness and inactivity helps the brain to shut down faster. I’d tell Dave you plan on doing it though in case he wakes up and gets freaked out by you standing beside the bed lol!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 22, 2014 at 6:51 am (4 years ago)

      Lol, Tegan!!! Thanks for the great tips. Really helpful.

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  30. Twinkle in the Eye
    March 22, 2014 at 8:46 am (4 years ago)

    Universal problem of motherhood! Love the blog, I look forward to following along πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 23, 2014 at 6:42 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much! Welcome aboard. I look forward to following yours too πŸ™‚

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  31. Living Serenely
    March 23, 2014 at 1:07 am (4 years ago)

    So good to know that it’s not just me! Now that baby is sleeping through the night, I should be getting my regular 8 hours of sleep every night, but naughty me still stays up till midnight most nights, and I still wake up in the wee hours of the morning to “pee” even though I don’t have to. My husband is constantly telling me “go the f**k to sleep” every night, but I heedlessly continue to stay up… my body clock is definitely all messed up. or maybe this is just the new normal for us mothers.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 23, 2014 at 6:43 am (4 years ago)

      Hmm I fear it may be, but certainly hope it’s not. I think it will take a long time of recondition :/

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  32. Emma Fahy Davis
    March 23, 2014 at 11:58 am (4 years ago)

    I have this exact same problem! I think it’s the legacy of not having had a full night’s sleep since 2006 – even tho the girls are all now FINALLY sleeping relatively well, my body has forgotten how to sleep. I’ve liked this post coz I’m keen to see your version of Go the f*ck to sleep

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 23, 2014 at 9:01 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol. Thanks Emma. Five more likes to go πŸ™‚ It’s crazy how we can forget the seemingly simple act of sleeping. It seems to be quite common across the board though πŸ™‚

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  33. Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    March 23, 2014 at 8:14 pm (4 years ago)

    I am always tired but it doesn’t help that I sit on the computer late at night too and right before I go to bed. I hope that blessed sleep comes soon for you huni xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 23, 2014 at 8:59 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Sonia and you too! x

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  34. Lara @ This Charming Mum
    March 23, 2014 at 9:02 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh I really feel for you. I seem to manage going to sleep OK, but I wake up at 4am and my mind starts ticking, and then that’s it! I’m up either on the computer or watching Laverne and Shirley re-runs until the kids get up. So frustrating!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 24, 2014 at 7:49 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol. Oh no, Laverne and Shirley! I remember that show. Your poor thing. I hope you are able to sleep in until at least 5am tomorrow πŸ™‚

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  35. andrea
    March 24, 2014 at 5:26 am (4 years ago)

    5hrs. Me too! 6 if I’m lucky, unbroken if I’. Really lucky. Trouble is the culprit mostly, insomnia the rest of the time. Last night he woke at 9,10,1130,3 and 5. And I woke at 2 for good measure. I’m so tired, that I’m permanently nauseous on top of the flu I’ve got. Sleep deprivation is the absolute pits. I could have written half your post myself. All I want is 8hrs once a week……

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 24, 2014 at 7:51 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh Andrea, you poor thing. I know that feeling of being permanently nauseous. That constant feeling of seediness and headaches is dreadful. I will keep my fingers crossed for you for a decent night’s sleep tonight.

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  36. Josefa @always Josefa
    March 25, 2014 at 4:52 pm (4 years ago)

    Ahhh sleep! I conditioned myself too – to live with so little sleep. But it takes just as much effort to condition yourself to have more. I find earlier bedtimes, no distractions (I try and switch off my phone at 7pm!) sometimes even finding a trigger (an old episode of Sex and The City sends me right off!) Hope the sleep routine settles back in your favour soon x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      March 25, 2014 at 8:40 pm (4 years ago)

      You are so right. It is hard to recondition. Watching a little telly beforehand sounds like a good idea or reading a book. Thanks πŸ™‚ xx

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