Stop losing sleep
The research is clear :
“With sleep, [people] tend to retain information and perform better on memory tasks. Our bodies all require long periods of sleep in order to restore and rejuvenate, to grow muscle, repair tissue, and synthesize hormones.”
Yet, we know that in general, kids and adults are not getting the sleep they need for healthy body and brain development. We know that sleep affects academic performance, safety, and immunity. When we ask parents about their family priorities, many tell us that they want their kids to be healthy, safe, and to do well in school.
However, when we ask parents whether sleep is a priority in their homes, we often hear excuses about why it is not that way or “Coulds and Shoulds” about it without much follow through.
Excuses about the lack of sleep are rampant in our culture:
– Late extracurricular activities
– Binge watching of videos or series
– Too much homework
– Binge studying or cramming
– The Internet
Yes, the excuses are there. And today is the day to get clear about what is important for your family and how to make it happen. Our kids need sleep and so do we.
Even if we only looked at sleep from the perspective of moods in our homes, it is worth checking to see if you and your kids are sleeping enough (click here to see how much sleep you need). Cranky kids may end up whining and misbehaving. Cranky parents may react to this with yelling and disrespect.
Sleep is a powerful parenting tool, necessary for your toolbox.
Today’s questions are:
Why are you allowing scheduled activities to get in the way of your kids’ sleep (healthy body and brain development)?
When will you get clear about the amount of sleep your family needs?
When will you be honest about why you/they are not getting it?
Get clear about how sleep relates to the values you want to teach your children and the vision you have for them, now and in the future.