Any parent of babies or young children can vouch for the fact that sleep becomes a luxury.
Around one in three adult Britons struggle to get the necessary amount of shut-eye leaving them feeling grumpy, irritable, unable to concentrate, depressed and in extreme cases at risk of serious health problems.
In our house, it is also used as a bargaining tool. I’ll do that if you let me lie in in the morning. I got up 98 times last night so surely I’m owed an hour this afternoon-that kind of thing.
So apparently, sleep cycles last 90 minutes and we pass through five or six of them every night.
Waking up mid-cycle can be when the problems of grumpiness occur-so that’s my excuse.
When the clocks spring forward, it is an epic problem with parents because it is still light at your children’s bed time.
One year, I seriously contemplated bricking up the window-surely this would make Boo go to sleep and stay there for at least 11 hours?
At the old house we had black-out linings on our curtains but, unfortunately gaps of light can escape at the top, bottom and sides of curtains-even with a black out lining.
I had to do something.
So a blackout roller blind was the only option. With both the blind and the curtain, the room was much darker.
I would like to tell you that the blind was the answer to my prayers and that we enjoy lie-ins until at least 8am every morning.
Life with a toddler is not so cut and dry. While the blinds stop the light coming in, they don’t stop Boo’s little eyes fluttering open.
The lovely people at Web-Blinds offered me a blackout blind for either my or Boo’s bedroom.
I had already bought Boo’s blind (it was the first priority when we moved to the farm-a measure of how obsessed with sleep I am) and, in our quirky farmhouse, the window in our room is only tiny so they very kindly said I could have a blind for our large kitchen window which is south-facing.
I had to cook dinner in sunglasses last summer as the sun streamed in every tea time. I looked fabulous darling but there were a couple of near misses with a sharp knife and a tin-opener-don’t ask.
My room décor is red and cream and, my friends will vouch for the fact that I absolutely love polka dots (even my pram had polka dots on it) so I went for a red, polka dot blind and, I think you will agree, it looks lovely and very farmhouse-like.
I think I underestimated how much a window dressing can change the look and feel of a room.
We’ve only been at the farm for just over a year and there is still a lot to do so I am going to have a good look round at my other rooms without blinds and curtains and see what I can do.
If you want to find out more about the sleep challenge, click here.
I did ask web-blinds if they would do the early shift with Boo one morning to help with my own personal sleep challenge but they declined. I can’t help but wonder why. Is 5am not a normal time to get up?
Disclaimer-I was given my lovely red polka dot blind for free and I absolutely love it.