The secret to a great night's sleep

A parent's job is never over, no matter how old your children get and we're sure you'll have spent many a night waiting up for your grown up children to arrive home after a late night out or even sleepless nights worrying about your little one's first sleepover. 

It's usually the job of mum's 'taxi' to pick up the kids and make sure they get home safe, but thanks to the launch of the new nighttime tube service in London, there's going to be a safe option for them to get home. Even better, the head of the Underground has confirmed for the night service they've hired a large number of mums to man the service.

The night tube will start on two lines, the Central and the Victoria, extending to three others by the end of the year, easing the maternal anxiety for mothers across London. 

If you're one of those mums who can't sleep until your offspring are home safe and sound and tucked up in bed, then we've got some useful advice so you can get a good night's sleep

Set a curfew

Setting a curfew can be a good way of managing expectations of when you want your child to return from playing out with friends. It's good to discuss times with your child to come to a compromise of when you think is a suitable time to come home. 

Many children have a difficult time calming their bodies and minds down before they go to sleep as their engery levels are often still too high around bedtime and this can cause frustration for everyone involved. 

Set your child's curfew for an hour before bedtime so your little one has enough time to wind down and follow their usual bedtime routine. Check out our top tips for creating a bedtime routine for your child here. 

Communication is key

If your child is staying at a friends for a sleepover, it won't harm to ask the parents to send you a text message letting you know that everything is ok.

As a parent you naturally worry about what your little ones are up to when under someone elses care. Giving each parent a call or sending them a text message to let them know their child is having a good time is a great way to put minds at ease. 

The reality is your child will be having a great time and probably hasn't thought twice about missing their own bed or you for that matter. So sit back and enjoy the peace and quiet whilst it lasts. 

Check out our top tips for hosting a sleepover for your children here

Cope with the stresses

Many parents find the trials and tribulations of raising children  stressful and it can often lead to sleepless nights. To help you sleep better we recommended talking to friends or a partner about your concerns.

Our resident sleep expert, Dr Nerina, recommends getting a good night's sleep helps to have a clearer perspective on the situation and ease any unnecessary anxiety.  

Nerina recommends when trying to get to sleep, "Lie on your back and try to consciously relax each part of your body starting from your toes and working up to your head and face. Not forgetting to breathe deeply from your diaphragm."

Losing out on sleep can have especially harsh effects as we grow older. Check out our research about how not getting your eight hours can impact your overall life satisfaction.

If you've got any tips for sleeping soundly whilst your children are out, share them with us on our social pages using #MySleepSecret.







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