parents

7 thoughts every sleep-deprived mum has had.

Benadryl
Thanks to our brand partner, Benadryl

Sounds familiar?

The sound of a child with a cold cough-cough-coughing at night is one of the worst sounds there is.

I want to hug my kids each and every time they cough, but with three children all coughing for various reasons, I am a feeling a little stretched.

All I want is a good night’s sleep for us all. Is that too much to ask for?

Here are just some of the thoughts that go through my sleep-deprived mind late at night:

1. Will I ever sleep well again?

You know, that desperate feeling of being incredibly tired and not being able to sleep… no wonder sleep deprivation is used as a torture device. That’s exactly what it is. TORTURE. It’s 11pm and I’ve finished cleaning and tidying the house and doing a bit of work. I read the kids their bedtime stories and packed their school bags for the next day hours ago. I’m bone tired, I lay down, my head snuggles into the perfect position on my extra-soft pillow and COUGH COUGH COUGH. Maybe it’s time to pull out the Benadryl Children’s 2 years + Cough Liquid…

Kids and parents sleeping.
“All I want is a good night’s sleep for us all. Is that too much to ask for?” Image via iStock.

2. Why won’t my child stop coughing?

I understand that it takes time for children to get over illnesses and that coughing is usually the last thing to stop. It lingers, and lingers, and lingers. I play a little game with myself. I listen to the cough (one out of three of my kids coughs every few minutes at night at the moment) and I try to guess which child it is.

3. Will ear plugs work? Is that even a good idea?

Sure, I could use ear plugs or sound proofing, but what if the kids need me? What if they call for me? Nope, no choice but to listen to each and every one of them through the night to make sure they are okay.

girl child kid coughing cough
“Nope, no choice but to listen to each and every one of them through the night to make sure they are okay.” Image via iStock.
ADVERTISEMENT

4. Do the kids feel as tired as I do during the day?

Once I’ve woken up, I find it so incredibly difficult to get back to sleep, but the kids just fall right back asleep. How do they do that? Perhaps my sleep-training techniques were so effective when they were babies that they have now mastered the art of ‘self-settling’, even at the ages of 11, seven and five. Now, if only I could do the same.

5. Can I drop them off to school and then just go home and go back to bed?

Sometimes when I wake up in the morning I fantasise about going back to bed as soon as possible. I get the kids ready, feed them breakfast, the whole time planning to come back home and crawl straight back into bed. It never happens. There is work and shopping and laundry and a million other things that steal my time away.

father son kid child dad bed ipad
“Parents sleeping with their children in the same bed.” Image via iStock.

6. What would my mum do?

I remember being sick often as a child and mum making me drink — a special drink she came up with — probably handed down from her mum.

7. How can I stop this from ever happening again?

I am desperate to get through the rest of the winter without any more illnesses. So, hopefully a good diet, plenty of exercise and crossing my fingers and toes will help. We’ve had our share of illnesses this year, thank you very much.

Do you have any sleeping techniques? For kids or for adults?

Here are some ways you can re-energise and de-stress:

Want more? How about:

Coping with sleep deprivation. Or not.

How to get through the day when you’ve had zero sleep.