We spend nearly a third of our lives sleeping. It may feel like a waste of time, but it may be helpful to think of sleep as an investment in your physical and emotional energy. Sleep gives your brain and body a chance to recover from the day and get ready for tomorrow.
How much sleep do you and your children get each night? Do you notice your child yawning a lot? Does your teenager resist going to bed on time? Do your children have trouble paying attention in school, or struggle to learn new concepts? Have you noticed forgetfulness, clumsiness, low motivation, or changes in your child’s mood?
Not getting enough sleep makes us irritable, impatient, and distracted. When we don’t get enough sleep, our body becomes weak, our memory fails, our reaction time slows down, and our immune system weakens.
The amount of sleep that we need changes as we age, The National Sleep Foundation provided the following hourly recommendations:
When preparing for sleep at night, we rarely realize that the hours before sleep are really what prepares us for bedtime. The National Sleep Foundation also offers the following for a better night’s sleep:
Learning about healthy sleep habits can make a difference for you and your children.
Visit the National Sleep Foundation’s website for more information on creating healthy sleep habits for you and your family.
What is Sleep Hygiene?
How can my child get more sleep?
Sleep suggestions for new parents from the Mayo Clinic.
Benefits of sleep from the Harvard Medical School.