Healthy Sleep Will Change Your Life

Making time for sleep will change your life!

Sleep is something we all need in order to present our best self to the world each day! Some people will say they only need four or five hours and they are good. The truth is that adults need seven to nine hours to function optimally each day, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Infants between 4-11 months old require 12-15 hours of sleep each day.

Sleep deprivation has short and long term effects. In the short term, sleep deprivation can cause a person to feel cloudy or fuzzy in their thinking, feel overwhelmed, feel short-tempered and can even cause accidents while driving. Driving while drowsy is almost as dangerous as driving while intoxicated, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Long-term effects of sleep deprivation are an increase to your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and depression.

Parents of young children have it the worst with losing almost 44 days of sleep in their child’s first year of life! Helping children learn to self-soothe and sleep through the night is a life-long gift parents give their children.

You can take the following steps to improve your chance of getting a good night sleep for the whole family:

  • Develop a sleep and wake time that remains consistent, even on the weekends
  • Create a soothing, calm bedroom free of technology, toys and bright lights
  • Minimize technology at least 60 minutes before bed
  • Avoid large meals, caffeine and sugar in the evening
  • Exercise daily
  • Create a going-to-bed routine that includes time to wind-down prior to crawling in bed

By making minor adjustments, people can make changes that will impact their entire quality of life. Parents that learn how to help their children to self-soothe are more likely to have children that sleep through the night!

If you need support on sleep for yourself or your child, please contact me for a free 20-minute, no obligation conversation at 952-270-2768 or at Kathy@shineeachday.com.