Sleep – are you getting enough?

Of course having had a baby just over a year ago, sleep is something that’s been on my mind for quite some time. When I was pregnant I couldn’t sleep, I was hot, uncomfortable and had terrible heartburn and as soon as I did get to sleep he’d decide it was time to use my bladder as a trampoline and I’d be back and forth to the loo for the rest of the night. Once he was born he pretty much decided against going to sleep before midnight, but once asleep he often slept for up to eight hours at a time, which as you can imagine was rather nice, except of course that I then laid awake all night watching him breathe!

These days I’m a little less paranoid but it doesn’t stop me tossing and turning most of the night trying to get comfortable. I take up far too much space in the bed apparently, a trait the baby seems to have inherited as he does a damn good starfish impression on the odd occasion he gets in with us!

So what does the way you sleep mean and how much sleep should you actually get? This great image from ibis tells you just that! (click on it to enlarge)


I’d say I curl up like the first and most common position – the foetus, but switch between that and the freefall. Which one are you?

Update: Having written this post last night ready for this morning I found it somewhat typical that the baby would decide on last night as the night he would wake at midnight and spend the entire night in bed with us tossing and turning. I can confirm he is definitely a starfish, but one that flips over and over throughout the night – lucky me!

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    I tend to sleep on my front (although obviously I’m not whilst pregnant!!!) and also have a bit of a habit of sleeping in the starfish position but I have the luxury of being single and thus having a double bed to myself to do this. That list of foods that can help aid a good night’s sleep are well worth keeping in mind. I haven’t had a good night’s sleep for a long time and don’t expect to for a long time to come so I may well need them ha ha. I hope you have a better night tonight!!!

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      Mum Reinvented says

      He woke up at 1am last night so it seems he’s waking up for a reason at that time, might be teething again though poor little thing.

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