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Sleep. Isn’t it a wonderful thing? And as parents, don’t we wish we got more of it! I’m lucky in the sense that I don’t usually struggle with my sleep. Not because I have a great bedtime and sleep routine, more just because I stay up so late working, and sorting my life out, that once I collapse into bed at 1am, I fall straight asleep because I’m so tired. Recently though I’ve found myself struggling to get to sleep and it’s really thrown me off balance.
I have always been a bit of a night owl. I’m not sure if it’s because I worked late into the night/early morning in a bar for five years, whilst I was at uni when I was younger, but I only need about 5-6 hours sleep a night to function well. It’s great when there’s so much to cram into a day, and not enough hours – I feel like I’m maximising the time I do have!
Last month I started to get a bit overwhelmed with everything that was on my plate. So much was going on in the kids’ lives that I had to keep up with, work was incredibly busy, the husband was struggling a little bit with being away and needed support, there were a lot of travel plans to make and life admin to try and keep up with, that my sleeping pattern went out the window. I found myself going to bed even later than usual and then I wasn’t actually able to fall asleep, due to all the things that were whirling around my head each night. It becomes a vicious cycle where you can’t get to sleep, end up even more tired the next day and then the fact you’re struggling to sleep then also becomes a worry and adds to the reasons why you’re not falling asleep. Nightmare!
I think it’s a common occurrence these days to suffer from broken sleep and sleepless nights. Hectic modern lifestyles and an increased reliance on social media and technology may mean that people aren’t always getting as much sleep as they need and therefore suffer not only physically, but emotionally as well.
I’m not one for taking tablets very often. I try my best to power through things and hope they just get better by themselves, but sometimes you just have to give in and accept help! When I was struggling to sleep, I tried Phenergan® Night Time and it really helped. It is a pharmacy only product for the short-term treatment of insomnia in adults. It works by inducing a sedative effect thanks to its active ingredient, promethazine hydrochloride, which can start to work within 20 minutes, which then helps you to sleep through the night. Promethazine is an antihistamine, which works in the brain by blocking the action of histamine, causing you to feel sedated and helping you drift off to sleep. It has a long history of use as a sedative for insomnia and has been used for over 50 years.
I also did some other self-care things to try and help with my insomnia. I stopped looking at my phone half an hour before I wanted to go to bed. I made sure whatever room I went in the house, right before bed time, had the lights dimmed. I washed my face way before my actual bed time so that the splashing water on my face didn’t contribute to waking me up before I wanted to sleep. I tried to read when I got into bed. And I used a meditation app to clear my head of worries when I got into bed.
All these things got me back on track to my usual sleep pattern within a couple weeks. Thank goodness! Trying to function as a mum of two, solo parenting, with two jobs, on no sleep is pretty tough. The combination of the self-care and the Phenergan® Night Time worked well to settle me before bedtime – that makes me sound like I’m talking about the kids! If you’re looking to break the cycle of sleepless nights then definitely give Phenergan® Night Time a go, as a short term treatment. It is available behind the pharmacy counter (RRP £4.79) and you can find out more information here.
Phenergan Night Time 25mg film-coated tablets contain promethazine hydrochloride and are suitable for adults1. Take one or two 25mg tablets before bed. Phenergan Night Time should not be used for longer than 7 days without medical advice2. Always read the package leaflet before use.