How well do YOU Sleep?
We spend so much time talking about our kid's nighttime habits that I thought it was about time to start talking about how well WE sleep. I know that anyone with a child under 2 is probably still occasionally waking up in the middle of the night, and with older kids parents struggle with bedtimes. But aside from that, Are you a good sleeper?
I recently read this article that says that parents who don't get enough sleep drastically effected their preschooler's sleep habits, which correlates with their risk for obesity. Parents who got at least 7 hours of sleep a night and had healthy sleep habits (limited screen time, no TV in the bedroom, set mealtime routines, etc.) had kids with healthy sleep habits who got at least 10 hours a night. Better sleep equals better overall health, which greatly reduces the risk of becoming overweight.
This was kind of a no brainer once you think about it. Of course a kid isn't going to follow a good routine unless the parent follows it too. Yet, I know a lot of people struggle to serve dinner at the same time every night, cut down on TV, and keep a bedtime.
I know as adults we're not 'supposed' to have a bedtime, but I do. I know I have to be up at 6:00am (at least) every morning so I turn in by 10:00 every night. We eat dinner around 5 every day and Avery's bedtime is always around 8. Avery is a very good sleeper. I always thought we just lucked out, but maybe the fact that we all keep a routine has something to do with it.
Do you keep a good sleep schedule? Do you think that sleep schedule helps/hurts your kids ability to sleep well?
I start my bed time routine like this every night.
Starting at 8pm after i tucked in all three kids i have some ice cream(small bowl) and some popcorn. At 9pm i have a shot of rumchatta or if i have it some wine. At 9:30 i make some bed time tea and at 10 i do a quick rinse off in the shower. After that i brush my teeth. By 11 i am in bed and by 11:30 sleeping.
At 2am vince wakes up for his nook, at 4am vince wakes up And 5:30am. I am usuall up at 7am
We had issues in the beginning when Erik's kids would come over and they'd sleep anywhere from 11p to 3a on the weekends but mostly summers. I insisted that the kids have a normal bed and wake time while Erik wanted more leniency due to him having such limited time with his kids.
A bad sleep schedule can mess with their ability to focus and concentrate during school especially if they're tired. Hence their grades...That was enough for Erik to wise up and be firm about their 10 o'clock bedtimes.