If your work routine can be made a little more flexible, you will have a better chance of sleeping well. If you spend hours during the night looking after your children, you don’t want the alarm to go off as soon as you fall asleep. Many parents with young children find it easier to start and end work a little later. It means that they can deal with crying children and night time feeds and not sacrifice their sleeping time. Of course, whether this is possible will depend on what kind of job you do and what your boss says when you ask about it. But it’s worth enquiring about.