If there is one thing that is synonymous with parenting, it’s sleep…or, lack there of to be honest. And while many of us joke how we cope with the loss of sleep, or how much coffee chug just to avoid ending up in a orange jumpsuit – the loss of sleep, and how it effects the body and mind is a serious topic. That’s why I’m happy to have a guest author Sarah Cummings from SleepAdvisor.org to talk about this very issue.
Stress is an inevitable part of modern life. For short periods of time it can be perfectly normal, your body is designed to cope with it and it can even give you the kick up the behind you need to get things done.
You know how parents love to tell their kids how they should love sleep more, and how much they’re going to miss it when they’re older? I have always been that person; from day 1, I have always loved sleep.
I was never a super active kid growing up, unless you count my imagination. That thing was on overdrive during my entire youth. I wasn’t the kid that was into sports, or running around all day long climbing trees and getting into mischief. I was pretty content just hanging out, and as I got older, more sedentary things, like video games became my go-to activities. What can I say, I love to be lazy. Read more →
It’s no secret that when you have kids, parents can pretty much kiss the idea of sleep goodbye. There’s always a chance you might be one of the lucky ones to have a kid that’s a good sleeper right off the bat, but you’re more likely to find a unicorn or four leaf clover. And if you do have one of those kids, keep it to yourself, because the rest of us are too tired to hear about it.
My son was a horrible sleeper for the first 8 months of his life. So much so I’m surprised he actually made it past those 8 months, and that he still has two (fairly) intact parents to care for him. My son eventually adjusted, but his parents never did. Yes we get more sleep than we were getting, but are in a perpetual state of tired. Read more →