I was a good sleeper. A few minutes after I lay down on the bed, I dozed off. I loved to sleep. This was one of my favorite things up until my college days. But all things changed when I got married and had a child a few years after I graduated. Sleep was becoming a tedious task for me. I found it hard to sleep at night. During the day, I found myself exhausted but I could not get to sleep a comfortable sleep, the one to which you will wake up refreshed. For me, I was able to sleep for a few minutes or hours and when I woke up, I feel worse than I did before I went to sleep.
My Sleep Experience
In the morning, I would feel so cranky. It’s as if I did not sleep at all. I did not have enough energy to even make my morning coffee, but still I did because I had to be a good wife and prepare the things that my husband needed for his work.
With the energy I had left, I had to take care of our child who was growing to be a curious and mischievous toddler. I felt awful because I cannot enjoy doing activities with her. It was like my body just wants to lay down and take a break all day. My brain was not working properly as well. I felt like I was always in a dream.
During my child’s naptime, I still managed to stick to a routine for her. I read her a book and sing her a song so she could sleep after I gave her a bath. We would lay together in our bed as she slept beside me. While lulling her to sleep, I will be able to get a few minutes of sleep. I would feel a bit refreshed but still my energy level is not replenished. But it was enough to get me through until bedtime comes.
A shared my struggles to my husband about sleeping. I did not want to take medicines so we decided to resolve it the natural way. I planned on a bedtime routine, which starts with taking a bath before going to bed, turning off all devices in the room and keeping it dim or dark, and using two pillows for my head, in case I was not able to sleep because I had minor breathing problems.
The next day, my husband brought home two rocking chairs, one for me and for him. He bought them from BestRockingChairs.net. He said that we could use it together as a bonding activity with our baby when he is home. The next day, I went on to my daily routine. But this time during my baby’s naptime, I lulled here to sleep in the rocking chair. To my surprise, she quickly fell asleep without any struggles. I just had to sing two or three songs for her and that was it.
As for me, I also fell sleepy and indeed, I was able to get a good nap. I was surprised how effective it was for me and my baby. From then on, we used the rocking chair every naptime because apparently, it also helped me get the sleep I needed.