Have you ever walked into a daycare and wondered how in the world the teachers get the children to listen so well and nap all at the same time? It’s hard enough to get your child down for a nap at home, yet they make it look so easy. You know what we’re talking about. Nap and bedtimes can be a real struggle at home. It’s a constant battle to get your child to lay down and stay in their bed and just sleep! This can be frustrating, especially when you see how well they sleep at daycare. Now, why is that?
You’ve heard it over and over again… the famous saying “don’t go to bed mad.” It makes sense, right? Life is too short to leave things unsaid. Why wait until the morning to resolve your issues, when you can resolve it before bed and have a peaceful slumber? Well, research shows that sometimes it’s okay to go to bed mad. Sometimes in fact, it’s the best decision!
It can be frustrating to wake up from a good dream, yet not fully remember it. You might remember bits and pieces of your dream such as who was there and where you were, but you might not remember the rest. You are so excited and can’t wait to tell your friends, but by the time you get around to it, you forget the whole thing…. What a bummer!
Summer is coming to a close, but something you might be wondering is how you can keep your children on a more consistent sleep schedule when they are not in school. Sleep schedules come (somewhat) naturally during the school year, as your family has a steady routine. Every day, Monday – Friday, you wake up at the same time, go to school and work and go to sleep around the same time every night, just to wake up and do it all over again. But what about when school’s out? If your children are old enough, they may stay home during the day and thus their schedules might be all out of wack. Why go to sleep early when you can sleep in the next day? Schedules are important, even in the summer, especially so if you want a seamless transition when school starts back up.
Sit down, close your eyes and envision your bedroom. Can you see it? Good. Now carefully, think about the sounds you hear while you are trying to sleep at night. Do you hear a train, cars, dogs barking, the TV? While you may not know it, “your brain continues to register and process sounds on a basic level. Noise can jostle your slumber – causing you to wake, move, shift between stages of sleep, or experience a change in heart rate and blood pressure.” These noise factors may be inhibiting your sleep, whether you are fully aware of it or not.
We’ve all had one of those nights where you can’t sleep no matter what you do. Maybe you’ve tried hot tea/milk, exercise, reading a book, over the counter sleep medications and you still find yourself lying in bed, wide awake! Now this might sound silly, but the missing piece to your bedtime puzzle could just be a nice, warm shower. Now hold on, hear us out…
Allergies can be a real pain! If you suffer from allergies, you know they cause a disturbance in your life and your sleep. Have you ever tried to sleep with allergies? It seems every time you start to fall asleep you need to sneeze, or your nose is either runny or stuffy which leaves you unable to breathe. Like we said…. Allergies can be a real pain!
You know that loud sound that sometimes wakes you up from your slumber in the middle of the night? We aren’t referring to the dogs barking, kids crying or TV blaring. No, we’re talking about the sound of your partner snoring! Snoring is a common, and sometimes annoying problem that effects approximately 90 million American adults. Snoring can cause disruptions in both your sleep and the sleep of your partner. As annoying as snoring can be, it can usually be treated, which means better sleep for the whole family!
Do you travel often for either work or pleasure? Perhaps your career requires you to be at meetings all over the globe, or you simply enjoy frequent vacations. Whatever the reason, if you’re a jet setter, you’re probably very familiar with the infamous jet lag.
Did you know that more than 85% of the mammal species are polyphasic sleepers? This means they sleep for short periods of time throughout the day instead of one long stretch at night. Humans on the other hand “are part of the minority of monophasic sleepers, meaning that our days are divided into two distinct periods, one for sleep and one for wakefulness.” While many cultures set aside time each day for a nap, the United States is becoming more sleep deprived.