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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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Does the job!

This is great for keeping the bed sheet/mattress dry, however we still have the issue of the duvet getting wet if my daughter has an accident so I still have to strip half the bed. I question how comfortable it is to lay on as the material is a little rough but no complaints from my daughter. One thing I will say is my daughter gets very hot in bed laying on it, since using it she has sweated most nights which is a bit of a worry with overheating.

Hi Tamsin,

Thank you for your review! We're so happy to read that PeapodMat protects your daughter's bedsheet and mattress!

We're sorry to hear about your daughter getting hot at night. PeapodMats don't have a layer of plastic and are breathable so overheating shouldn't happen. Are you using any additional mattress protectors on your daughter's bed?

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Catherina Swinburn
Brilliant! Got my 4yo out of nappies within a couple of nights.

Perfect. I'd been at the end of my tether with my 4yo daughter who didn't want to let go of pull ups so invested in this mat. It's mega absorbent, and non slip and comfy to lay on. It washed well and air dries quickly. Within a couple of nights of use with accidents, she's night dry! I can't believe how much it helped, I wish we had bought it much sooner.

Love it

I now have 3 of these. 1 for each of my children I just love them. Deafintly worth investing in one for you children.

Hello Roxy,
It's great to hear that you're happy with PeapodMats!
Thank you for your feedback and all the best,

Great- but does move about

Covers a great amount of a single bed. It stays put but not all night- however, my son is a wriggly worm at night and moves non stop! The material is great and it feels really nice and soft. He loves his “new big boy sheet”


Arrived in a couple of days. Stays in place on the bed as per instructions. Washes well, only issue is that it takes longer to dry than expected. Thankfully only washed once before use, no accidents yet.

It's great to hear that your PeapodMat stays in place and washes well.
Thank you for your feedback and all the best,