“Your life is a reflection of how you sleep, and how you sleep is a reflection of your life.”
– Dr. Pelayo, MD, Pediatric Neurologist
Our mornings become chaotic when our children and ourselves aren’t well rested. We become moody, we forget things, we are rushing from the start because we’ve hit the snooze button one too many times. Being sleep deprived is one of the worst things we can do as parents, so make sure you hit the sack as early as possible, and make sure your kids do so as well.
Sleep is important, for it affects everything and everyone. Having worked with hundreds of families and being the mom of two premature babies, I know what a difference sleep makes for their development, growth, and improvement. Sleep profoundly affects the quality of our well-being in a manner that is unrivaled by almost any other factor. Sleep deprivation affects our parenting style; our relationship with our partner, family, and friends; our work; our health; and our outlook on life.
Lack of adequate sleep can affect judgment, mood and the ability to learn and retain information, and it may increase the risk of accidents and injury in the short term. In the long term, chronic sleep deprivation may lead to a host of health problems including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even early mortality. The negative effects of sleep deprivation are even more severe in children. Thus the first step to a good health (and easier mornings!) is SLEEP.
Check out my article with guidelines of how many hours of sleep children need at every age.
“The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep.”
– E. Joseph Cossman
Sweet dreams! Much love, Diana-