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A WEEK OF SLEEP


As a mum of two sleep is more important to me now than it ever has been before, especially with running after a toddler all day long. I've always been a night owl and always loved my lie-ins before I had kids. These days I'm up at the crack of dawn and awake countless times during the night feeding the little one but I seem to get by on very little sleep. I'm now accustomed to being sleep deprived for the past few years as Amelia was never a good sleeper until recently so gone are the days of having 8+ hours sleep a night, I'm lucky if I get 6 these days. 

I was recently challenged along with 10 other bloggers to take part in #HillarysWeekOfSleep organised by Hillarys Blinds in order to see if I could improve my sleep during National Sleep Awareness Week. I was provided with a FitBit Flex in order to take part and given a selection of tips to put to the test to hopefully help get a better nights sleep. 


Once both kids are asleep and Harrison has had his last feed around 12-1am I will climb into bed and usually watch Youtube videos. As soon as I put my phone down I can usually fall asleep pretty quickly. Growing up it would always take me ages to drift off, my brain would be in full working mode and I just couldn't switch off this was until recently. I guess being sleep deprived your body is ready to switch off when you choose it to. 

Before Harrison was born two months ago Amelia was finally sleeping through the night so once I was asleep I was asleep and wouldn't wake until my alarm went off in the morning. Harrison is a pretty good sleeper thank god, so I tend to only have to wake a maximum of two times a night which is much better than when Amelia was his age as she would feed every 1-2 hours. For some reason the FitBit doesn't seem to acknowledge that I've woken up during the night, even though I know I have done to obviously feed Harrison. Perhaps it's because I don't move out of bed so it's thinking I'm still sleeping or in the restless mode. 

Here are my results:


From looking at the results you can see I am pretty restless for the majority of the night. I think the mins awake are wrong as I mentioned previously I know I am awake for much longer than this but it doesn't seem to pick it up so perhaps some of the restless logged minutes are actually when I've woken to feed Harry but not moved out of bed.

I tried numerous sleep techniques throughout the week to see if it would improve my sleep. On the third night I turned my phone off and didn't use any technology before I went to sleep which you can see I slept for a little bit longer. Another night I borrowed my daughters blackout blinds to see if that made any difference as we have a street light right outside our window which can sometimes keep me awake. I fell asleep much quicker this time too and wasn't as restless during the night. 

What I have learnt from this challenge is that I really should go to bed earlier! Once I've fed Harry I should turn off my phone and just go to sleep. It is hard in the early newborn days but once he is in a routine and going to bed earlier than 11pm/12am then I will be able to switch off earlier and get a good nights sleep. Also in future I will stop drinking fizzy drinks after 9pm and no snacks either to allow my body to wind down instead of it still going at full speed keeping me up for longer. 

What helps you sleep? Do you tend to sit up on your phone before going to sleep like me?

* In collaboration with Hillarys Blinds.

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22 comments

  1. WOW I would love to try one of these! I suffer from insomnia and am lucky if I get 4 hours in one go!

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  2. I'm so intrigued by the FitBits - would love to track my sleep (or lack of it!) ;)

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

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  3. I think all bloggers should go to bed earlier - I'm still up til midnight every night and don't have a newborn to feed! x

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  4. Such an interesting app, I too must go to bed earlier, I've gotten good at switching off earlier but then I sometimes stay up late watching TV. You have a newborn so sleeplessness is to be expected and you are doing great xx

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  5. Must try to use my flex more.

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  6. this is great, i just down loaded a sleep app :-)

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  7. This app sounds good! I think I have enough sleep though when elliw doesn't wake up

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  8. Wow not too sure what to make of this. I found it very difficult to really fall asleep regardless of how tired I was I I always seem to be permanently tuned into the slighted noise my two little ones make, whether it's during their sleep or not. I would put in ear plugs but would worry that I then wouldn't be able to hear them so I go to bed at a reasonable time and wake up if they make a noise. I'm sure it will be better in a year or so time

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  9. i have a fit bit flex i got about a month a go and it is amazing!!! My sleep chart is just like yours tho extremely restless i could be in bed for like 8 hrs but only have slept 4 of those cos of 200+ mins restlessness every night xx

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  10. Yes I do! I need to cut out screen time before bed x

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  11. Normally put my phone on charge when I go to bed so I cant be on it all night! I find it quite hard to drift off to sleep if I'm not really tired! Great post x

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  12. This is so useful for people who struggle to sleep thanks for the review xxx

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  13. very interesting, i find it difficult to get to sleep and then awake by 5

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  14. very interesting, I have bad sleep patterns

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  15. Really interesting app, I found after changing my room around and changing my before bed habits helped. I don't keep my phone near me now and read before bed, I find I wake much less in the night.

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  16. I replied but I cant see it now :(
    My toddler tires me out so I haven't had any problems getting to sleep for a long while :) x

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  17. I have forgotten what sleep is! and I have no young children now lol x

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  18. I'm a very bad sleeper, except in the morning when waking up is hard. :/

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  19. I tend to find sleeping with my cats helps me sleep faster

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