Even when we do all the right things, like sleep eight hours a day, eat well and exercise regularly, sometimes we just get sick. We can't help it. When and how we get ill is not necessarily in our control, but how we deal with it is.
Is your bedside table stacked with books or muslins and wet wipes!? We've kept it so simple that we only chose five top books, the first of which is, in itself, the only book you might ever need. The rest have terrific value and can be referred to time and again.
I'd philosophise about our ancestral patterns of sleeping, about parenting of an ancient time when babies stayed close to their parents through the night for fear of predatory creatures. I, in my sleep deprived fog, decided that's what we were doing.
Your joint stress energy as parents may provide enough electricity to power a large town, but you're a sleep-deprived dribbling zombie whose eyes have ceased to function and you both work long full time hours to fund your toddler's Cheerios and pasta obsession.
Respected American writer Alan Schwarz, author of ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma and the Making of an American Epidemic, argues too that 'just because a child has a difficult time paying attention or sitting still in school does not mean they have a potentially lifelong brain disorder'.
This meant a few nights not being able to sleep until 3am, 4am or even 5am. And when everyone else is sleeping, and you know the children will still get up early, not being able to fall asleep can be very frustrating.
Narcolepsy stops the brain from regulating the normal cycle of sleep. Most people also have cataplexy, which is triggered by strong emotions. These emotions can affect your muscles so you feel weak and tired or just collapse on the spot. That's why laughing is so dangerous. It slurs your speech too, no wonder people think you've had too much to drink.
If we made sure we slept between seven and nine hours per night, not only would we be more productive, but we'd probably end up spending less late nights in the office. What's more, sleeping for less than the seven hours has the same effect as going without sleep for up to two days, or drinking three glasses of wine!
As an older mum of a two year old, I sometimes struggle on some bits of parenting. All my friends have older kids and most of the time can't remember or have blocked out when key milestones happened.
Around supermoons people report more of a feeling of wakefulness, a feeling of being 'supercharged'. The full moon has a reputation for knocking people off balance, stirring emotions leading to 'lunatic' behaviour.
Ensure that they have a calming bath or shower in their wind down routine. This will relax their muscles and give them a chance to reflect on the day so they have a calm mind for bedtime
Having a good night's sleep is crucial for babies; it's when important brain development occurs, and they process everything they have smelt, seen, touched - learnt during the day
I'd like to meet the (presumably childless) fool who coined the phrase "sleeping like a baby" and unleash a team of lawyers on them. Because you, whoever you are, are guilty of mis-selling us a dream. And yes, having not slept for a year and a half, I do see the irony there!
A student's health is already compromised at the beginning of the university year, with the infamous 'Freshers Flu' and countless self-induced hangovers. An old mattress is likely to trigger additional health problems, as well as leading to poor sleep.
It is however a simple matter of fact. No baby sleeps through the night, they never have and never will. Ever. Similarly, no adult has ever, or will ever, slept through the night either. Why then is so much time and money spent on trying to achieve something that is totally impossible?
It was hard to tell if these mattresses were a case of the emperor's new mattress, or the best thing since sliced bread. Was this absolute madness? Are we living in the end times? Or was this soft lifestyle mattress the solution to a problem I didn't even realise I had?