How Bedtime Live did NOT help me sleep

Posted Wednesday 27th March 2013   By Ericka Waller

So what did we all think of the first Bedtime live program? I was not too impressed if I’m honest. That might be because when they advertised for parents struggling with sleep, I got in contact and had lots of promising chats with them.

Then I had a few skype conversations. They kept telling me about this really exciting event they wanted me to attend where I was going to have lots of fun and get loads of great tips.

It was the day before my piles operation so I did not really want to go, but they were so persuasive, and we are so very tired and sleep deprived.

So I said I would do it. Whatever it was. I was not allowed to know till I got there.

Then they told me it was in Leeds. I live in Brighton. It took six hours of driving to get to Leeds, where it turns out the exciting event they had planned for me was to go in a simulator which would feel just like driving on the motorway. They wanted to know if tiredness made parents dangerous drivers.

What fun.

Sobbing slightly after my six hour drive, I waited round for four hours and then dutifully drove for 45 minutes in the simulator before being told my work was done and they would be in contact soon.

Then I drove home.

They did not get in contact, and when I chased them I found out I would not be appearing in the show afterall. ‘Sadly’ the results of my simulated drive showed I was too good at driving. Not dangerous enough. My husband could not believe it. “Did you mention the ten times it took you to pass your test?” he spluttered.

To be fair though, they did introduce me to Jim Horne from Loughborough University. Jim is an expert in all things to do with sleep and he did give me some wonderful advice for Thing-two over a stale tuna bap (the slap up lunch they had promised me).

He said to watch for the common times she would wake in the night, and then wake her five minutes before. Oddly, it worked. He also said I put my children to bed too early. I told him if he had to spend everyday with them, he would put them to bed early too.

He also claims bedrooms should be pitch black and babies do not get cold. It is a myth. Something to do with brown fat they store on their shoulders. I did not get time to hear the rest as I was taken off to drive a simulator for no real reason.

Oh, and all these tips and more are in Jim’s book, so I could have saved myself a lot of petrol and driving and pretend driving and just stayed at home. Sometimes, a change is NOT as good as a rest.

I did however watch the first programme, and will be glued to it tomorrow night to see this infamous mum who is more tired than me. Maybe she lives even farther away from Leeds than me, like Worthing.

It’s their loss anyway. I was hilarious. I bet the other mum did not sing ‘I’m on the road to nowhere’ as she pretend drove.

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