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Parent's guide to getting more sleep 💤

As a parent it's easy to put everyone else's needs before your own. There's so much to do, and time always seems to run short, and so do your energy levels. Loosing sleep regularly can have health consequences. Starting from loss of concentration or limited patience, and continuing to diagnosed depression. None of those are ideal with energetic kids around, right? So how can you get more rest when kids are fighting bedtime? 

So how can you get more rest when kids are fighting bedtime? 

1. Set a bedtime routine for the whole family, including yourself, and stick to it every single night.

Make sure everything is ready for the next day, including a clean set of clothes. This might get kids more eager to go to sleep and be ready for the upcoming day. Run a bath, offer a choice of two books and two pyjamas. Giving kids this choice will give them a sense of control and will reduce meltdowns. You might all want to practice relaxing breathing techniques, these can be really helpful. Once kids are tucked in bed, leave a nightlight on in case they wake up.

2. Take a nap  

It's OK to take a nap when your little one is napping. If you have older children at home, arrange a quiet time and get them to lie down with you.

3. Limit kids coming to your bed in the middle of the night if it's waking you up.

Find out what's causing it. If it's toilet trips, make sure the way to the toilet is well lit so your little one can go by themselves. It's also a good idea to practice your little one tucking themselves in so they don't have to wake you in the middle of the night.

4. Make sure your little one's bed is comfortable.

Children can be very sensitive and will struggle to stay in bed if it's not comfortable. An old-school plastic waterproof mattress protector can be noisy and cause overheating. Try switching to something soft like a PeapodMat, which is also noise free.

5. Protect your little one's bed.

Running out of sheets in the middle of the night, scrubbing the mattress, your little one in your bed wide awake at 2AM. Sounds familiar?

Make sure it's quick and easy to change your little one's bed in the middle of the night in case they have an accident. Thanks to PeapodMats you can change their bed and be back to sleep within minutes!

PeapodMats stay in place with no straps so you can just whisk them away and go back to sleep!


Boy on PeapodMat

What to do if you have kids at different ages?

If you have a baby and toddlers at home who vocally fight their bedtime, you might want to put older ones to bed first. Otherwise, you're risking waking up the baby and having all of them crying. 

Let's Talk About Your Bedtime

Woman Sleeping

Now that kids are in bed, it's time for you to wind down as well. How long does it take you to fall asleep? If you find that you don't need any wind down time, and you fall asleep as soon as your head reaches the pillow - that's actually a sign of sleep deprivation. You should catch up on your sleep before it leads to more serious health conditions, including obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. 

It's important to establish a night-time routine for yourself as well. One night of long sleep won't solve your sleep debt. It might take weeks before you start to notice a difference. On the other hand, if you find yourself laying in bed unable to fall asleep, here are some tips to help you relax: 

1. Have a relaxing bath with oils or candles of your choice

2. Listen to relaxing music

3. Relax with breathing techniques

4. Read a book or write a journal. This is very beneficial and gives you a satisfaction of doing something enjoyable for yourself. 

5. Listen to an audiobook or guided meditation.

6. Don't look at the time. Looking at the clock while struggling to fall asleep is a terrible idea. If you have an alarm clock in your room, keep it out of sight. 

7. Avoid caffeine late in the day. While it might keep you awake through the day, the last thing you want is it keeping you awake during the night. 

8. Keep phones out of the bedroom

9. Avoid any screen time in the hour before bed

10. Make sure your bed is comfortable too. If your mattress protector is noisy and you can hear it rustling with every move, it's time for a change. Try PeapodMats and sleep better: 

✔️ no rustling

✔️ stays in place all night without straps 

✔️ allergy-friendly

✔️ green alternative to old-school PVC protectors

Woman sleeping on PeapodMat

If you're having troubles falling asleep, contact your GP who will advise and provide treatment if necessary. It's equally important to ask your family or friends for help. They can look after your little one if you need to nap or just need some time for yourself. Parents need a rest too and there is no shame in asking for help. Remember, Happy Parent is a Happy Child! 

source: NHS

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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I WISH I’d found this sooner. I have an 8 yr old boy that still has accidents at night and sleeps in a top bunk. I did NOT want to put him back in some sort of nappy, and this is the best solution. This has now saved me completely waking up during the night.


We haven't started braving night time with no nappies yet - BUT we currently have this on the sofa so any "accidents" dont absolutely ruin it. Wow, my sofa is soft and comfy and any misshaps are sucked up without damaging the fabric. It doesn't slip (like the puppy pads we tried) and is obviously way way more environmentally friendly (Greta would be proud). No nappy nights actually seem like a less daunting prospect with this bad boy on our team. Top marks Peapod, defo recommend.

Hello EC,
We're happy to hear that PeapodMats protect your sofa, don't move and make night time potty training a less daunting prospect!
Thank you for your feedback and all the best,

Good product

Wanted to get this as son is sometimes wet at night and wanted to protect the mattress and it does

Hello Jenny,
It's great to hear that you're happy with your PeapodMat and it protects the mattress!
Thank you for your feedback and all the best,

So I ordered the large as my daughter still co-sleeps in my bed with me and she fidgets so much in the night! I received my mat last week and put it straight onto my bed. Haven’t had a wet night so far so I can’t comment on the absorption but the mat is great! Size is perfect for a fidget bum and doesn’t move in the night or make noise and the material is soft and comfy!

Hi L L,
We're happy to hear that your PeapodMat doesn't move or make a noise and it's soft and comfy!
Thank you for your feedback and all the best,

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