Our kids are not getting enough sleep these days — and neither are we, for that matter. With the pressure, we busy caregivers put on ourselves to be productive, as well as over-scheduling our children so they can gain a competitive edge, sleep falls lower and lower on the totem pole of priorities.
Just like our bodies need the right foods for optimal performance, we also need rest in order to recharge. No amount of healthy food is going to compensate for sleep deprivation.
Here are five sleep tips inspired by my book, Busy Mom’s Cheat Sheet, to make sure your kids (and you) get a good night’s rest:
While I tend to let kids sleep later and wake up later on weekends, I put a limit on that so that it doesn’t interfere too much with their weekly sleep routine.
Eating a large meal right before bed can make it difficult to sleep, so try to avoid that when possible. I try to give kids the last bite to eat between two and four hours before bed.
This is crucial to getting a good night’s sleep for two reasons:
Below is a list of how many hours we should be getting based on age, according to the National Sleep Foundation. How many hours of sleep per night are your kids (and you!) getting?
In a nutshell, we need to ingrain in our kids (and remind ourselves) from a young age that sleep is a good thing and should be prioritized like everything else that is important to us.
Lilly Cadoch is a certified health coach, award-winning author and works full-time in New York City. Married with two sons, Lilly is dedicated to helping busy moms and all caregivers raise happy, healthy kids. More lessons and tips like these as well as 45 healthy, quick and delicious recipes can be found in her book, Busy Mom’s Cheat Sheet: Raising Happy Healthy Kids. For more information and to subscribe to her free newsletter, visit her website.
Originally published at www.workingmomsagainstguilt.com on October 25, 2016.
Originally published at medium.com