Happy May! It's National Better Sleep Month, and I hope you're inspired to take a few extra minutes to snooze this month. But that's easier said than done. Moms are often the "sleep enforcers" for the entire family, juggling kids' bedtimes, handing baby's night feedings, making sure everyone is up in the morning, and trying to get a few hours of precious rest themselves. Here's an article of mine about taking small steps toward better sleep—not just for your kids, but for everyone in your household, including yourself.
Baby Steps to Better Sleep for Everyone In the Family
When it comes to sleep, modern moms face a daunting task. We know our loved ones need their slumber. We're bombarded with studies trumpeting the importance of healthy rest. According to Dr. Khaleel Ahmed, medical director of Triangle-based Parkway SleepHealth Centers, sleep plays an integral role in safety, learning, mood, cardiovascular health, memory, metabolism, weight and immune function.
But juggling the widely different sleep needs of each member of our brood is easier said than done. From the teen who texts into the wee hours, to the tot who demands 20 bedtime stories, to the spouse who tosses and turns, everyone in the family has a different excuse for joining in the familiar chorus of "I'm tired!" and "Just five more minutes!"
Read the entire article here. (This article appeared in Carolina Parent Magazine in January 2012.)
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