The Mama Bear
Remember a while ago when I had a sleep-related epiphany? You don’t? Well then go back here and catch up. My challenge was to tame the monster of sleep with my very own pheromones. So how did I succeed?
Well, I began by finding a nice soft cotton blanket to sleep on, and kept it in my bed for a week.. I then transferred it to Cubby’s bed and…..it kind of worked. It worked for a couple of days, but it soon hit a few snags. It would get crumpled up and lost in the bed. Or worse, it got crumpled up and was uncomfortable underneath him. Then somebody told me that I needed to sleep on it for 3 weeks anyway, so that was that. Back to the beginning.
Next I slept on it for 3 weeks, and it worked better. He napped and slept for longer. Then, disaster. When I washed his sheets his blanket got caught up in the laundry and washed away all trace of me. We still had the problem of the blanket scuttling out of place anyway. We still had to deal with putting him back to sleep when he woke up. It needed a rethink.
One day he was playing in Pudding’s room (he is such a little brother) when he appeared to take a shine to one of her bears. He carried it into his room, and I let him keep it because the bear isn’t Ernie, Upsy-Daisy, or Sleeping Beauty, so who cares? Not Pudding. It was a comical sight watching him carry the bear, which is slightly bigger than he is. That is when it occurred to me that the bear would be big enough to wear, say, my nightgown. Oh yes. So we dressed her up, and called her Mama Bear.
Mama Bear doesn’t wiggle around or get lost in bed. This Mama Bear is just right. And if her scent starts to run out, I can switch with more night wear. Easy-peasy. It works for Cubby. We are seeing bountiful nights of sleep and unprecedented 2 hour naps. He napped so long when I was ill that I managed to take one too. Rest my body was craving. It is a no-tech, no-cost, no-hassle solution. Hopefully it will be useful to somebody else out there.
You must be thinking that I would be all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed after all the sleep I’m getting, but sadly no. We’re still fine tuning Pudding’s nighttime needs. In her case, we can’t use the Mama Bear approach as she will only sleep with Ernie, and he has his own clothes. I think she has outgrown the weight of her weighted blanket, which might be part of it, and there might be a behavioral component too. She came into our bed when she was sick at the weekend, and has tried to every night since. Now she no longer gets out of bed in the night, but we hear her talking, and we’re back to VERY early rising.
I’ll let you when we work out a solution for her. I’m sure that sooner or later we will. After all, necessity is the mother of invention, and sleep is definitely a necessity. Particularly for this Mama Bear.