I’ve never had children that sleep in, no matter what time I put them to bed they wake up around 5 – 5.30am.
This is despite the fact their rooms have tinted windows, blinds and black-out curtains (obsessive much?)
But nothing works – I’ve tried days of keeping them up longer at night, putting them back to bed dozens of times and even tying their doors shut with string because we don’t have locks – EPIC FAILURES.
And unfortunately no one has invented a strap to keep kids in bed (hint hint).
Over the years I’ve relied on certain pick-me-ups to help me get through the constant tiredness that plagues me.
However, I have also developed a few coping mechanism of my own to survive 5am wakes ups.
And I’m going to share (which is something I don’t like to do – especially with the above three sanity savers)
1. HIDE AND SEEK
It’s rare you’ll sleep through an entire night, so when you wake in the early hours say 2 or 3am, sneak into your walk-in-robe, under the stairs or even the car. This will not only give you more sleep but ensure children won’t find you for a LONG time.
2. PLAYING DEAD
When you wee treasures shake you, leap on you or poke you in the eye to wake you before dawn’s crack – just increase the noise level of your snoring or breathing. If they’re really young you can say “I’m still asleep” and they’ll believe you!
This one is a bit like trying to attract wild beasts – it requires you leaving food in a place they can see and will take, my favourite is strategically placing apples on the kitchen bench where they can reach them.
However, if you have small ones be warned – you’ll probably break a toe as you leap out of bed because you think you hear one of your children choking on apple skin.
But don’t be fooled these creatures have mastered the art of acting, and this could quite possibly be a ploy to get your ass outta bed and give them breakfast.
(Be warned they are also VERY good at finding unusual ways to wake you up in the morning)
There are days when you’ll say just about anything to keep your eyes closed for five more minutes, but be very careful what you promise kids. They have incredible memories and won’t forget you offered to take them hot air ballooning or give them chocolate for lunch!
Instead use trips to the park, painting or playing on the
road trampoline as ways to get them to leave you in peace for a bit longer.
5. SEND OUT SOS
If you’re like me and fortunate enough to have family nearby, then invite them down to stay. They can be the bait, make them sleep in the lounge and the kids will come flocking to them instead of you!
And most of the time loved ones don’t mind doing the morning shift once in a while because they know you have a lifetime of it and they can bugger off the next day!
And if all else fails, refer to top image – but be careful which one you choose at 5.30am in the morning!!
What are you tips to surviving 5am wake ups? Or are you lucky enough to have kids who love sleep?
It’s Tuesday – aka IBOT with Jess from Essentially Jess