I know, silly question for parents. Few of us get enough sleep – between to-do lists, nightmares, wet beds, teething pain – regardless of your kids’ ages and stages, there’s probably something keeping you up at night at least sometimes.
Help is in sight…In honor of National Sleep Awareness Week (kicks off March 7th), I’m focusing some time on this very important issue in the hopes of lending some help and generating some comments from other readers so we can all get a good night’s rest!
First, some facts from the National Sleep Foundation website:
— > If you don’t sleep well, you’re not alone. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), approximately 30 million Americans are affected by chronic insomnia each year.
— > According to the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America poll, which focused on the sleep habits of women aged 18 to 64, American women are over-worked, stressed-out, and significantly sleepy. The poll also showed that pregnancy and motherhood can increase a woman’s risk of sleep problems and that whether you are a stay-at-home moms, a mom who work full-time or part-time there are specific sleep challenges you face.
So, what can we do? Here are some great resources:
— > Healthy Sleep Tips – such as maintain a regular schedule, and establishing a peaceful, relaxing bedtime routine
— > Sleep Tips for Kids – some great tips regarding caffeine, routine, and all in a kid-friendly format
What tips do you have to help fellow parents fall asleep and stay asleep?