Sleep deprivation ! As parents, this is probably the number one thing we battle with.Getting our children into bed, sleeping soundly at an early enough hour so we can get a few jobs done , relax with our spouse/partner and get a solid nights sleep is ,obviously, what we’re striving for . Easier said than done! Realistically , life happens ; the baby gets sick , your toddler has a nightmare , your school aged child gets worried about school , or your mind is racing thinking about what you need to do tomorrow for work. So , before we attempt to manage it , let’s first look at whats actually happening to your body when you are sleep deprived.
1.Reaction time slows: Sleep deprivation leaves you unable to react as quickly as you normally would.
2.Your cognition suffers—both short- and long-term: A single night of sleeping only four to six hours can impact your ability to think clearly the next day. So , if you’re sleep-deprived you will have trouble processing information and making decisions.
3.Memory and learning declines: The process of brain growth, is believed to underlie your brain’s capacity to control behaviour, including learning and memory.
4.Emotions are heightened: As your reaction time and cognition slows, your emotions will be kicked into high gear. This means that arguments with your spouse are likely, and you’re probably going to be at fault for blowing things out of proportion.The amygdala controls basic emotions like fear and anger. Your frontal cortex, plays a key role in the regulation of emotions, and sleep is vital for its function.Sleep deprivation causes a disconnect between these two brain centres.
5.Immune function and health deteriorates: Sleep deprivation has a negative effect on your immune system and lack of sleep is tied to an increased risk of numerous chronic diseases.Research shows that sleeping less than six hours per night more than triples your risk of high blood pressure, and women who get less than four hours of shut-eye per night double their chances of dying from heart disease.
So , it’s established , You Need Around Eight Hours of Sleep Every Night .The studies are quite clear and most experts agree. But a full eight hours of sleep , often times is just impossible for parents of young children.
Here’s what you can do
- Be prepared. When you have small children, getting woken up in the middle of the night can be more the rule than the exception. Choose to go to bed earlier at least once if not twice a week to catch up on lost sleep or deposit some extra zzzz in your sleep bank so you’re not too exhausted on the nights you are waking.
- Take naps. I know you’ve heard this a million times . It may sound like impractical advice. Of course , I’m a mum too , I know there are jobs that need doing and it’s so much easier to complete these jobs without a tiny person attached to your hip! But, on those days when your totally depleted, make use of that opportunity those of us with older children rarely have, and nap when your baby naps.
- Catch up on sleep during the weekend. Many sleep-deprived mothers , have responsibilities at work, as a parent, and in running their home.They feel like there’s simply no way to get enough sleep during the week. If you’re nodding your head in agreement right now why not swap time with your partner/ your parents or a sympathetic friend on weekends so that you can catch up with a good sleep then.
- Help your child sleep more soundly. Did you know I’ve written an ebook with my sleep induction method ?Which , has taken my kids from fighting sleep and 2 hour long bedtimes to 3 little kids who happily hop into their beds at 7.30 each night and quickly and easily drift off to the land of nod! You can get the ebook here for just €6.99.
- Relax before bed. Bedtime rituals are important for everybody, not just toddlers! So don’t try to go straight from checking email to bed. Instead, dim the lights and listen to a bedtime meditation. Building in a little time to unwind before getting into bed will help you sleep more soundly.
The In Tune Parent’s sleep guide isn’t just for babies and children.You’ll find you can also use the sleep induction method to help you get back to sleep after night wakening quicker and easier allowing you to clock up those 8 hours a night.
A good night’s sleep doesn’t have to be a far off dream.
Order the In Tune Parent’s Sleep Guide now and see the results your longing for ,as early as ,tonight!!