When you add sleep regressions, sleep disturbances, and sleep hygiene to parenting – suddenly life is a whole lot more complicated. And a lot more tiring! Oh, and remember how there’s no definitive parenting book or method? Instead, it’s using solid advice, guidelines, working with your kids and your family, and trying to figure things out as you go. So here I’m sharing all of the sleep-related advice, tips, tricks, and guidelines that have worked for our family. May we all find some better zzz’s!
Sleep articles you’ll love: all about sleep regressions, sleep disturbance, and sleep hygiene
- 7 Ways to Survive A Sleep Regression at Any Age
- How to Survive the 11 Month Old Sleep Regression
- How to Handle a Nap Regression (at any age)
- Science Says an Early Kids Bedtime is Good for Mom’s Health
- Say Goodnight to Sleep Regressions: the Ultimate Bedtime Checklist
“People say, ‘I’m going to sleep now,’ as if it were nothing. But it’s really a bizarre activity. ‘For the next several hours, while the sun is gone, I’m going to become unconscious, temporarily losing command over everything I know and understand. When the sun returns, I will resume my life.’
If you didn’t know what sleep was, and you had only seen it in a science fiction movie, you would think it was weird and tell all your friends about the movie you’d seen.
They had these people, you know? And they would walk around all day and be OK? And then, once a day, usually after dark, they would lie down on these special platforms and become unconscious. They would stop functioning almost completely, except deep in their minds they would have adventures and experiences that were completely impossible in real life. As they lay there, completely vulnerable to their enemies, their only movements were to occasionally shift from one position to another; or, if one of the ‘mind adventures’ got too real, they would sit up and scream and be glad they weren’t unconscious anymore. Then they would drink a lot of coffee.’
So, next time you see someone sleeping, make believe you’re in a science fiction movie. And whisper, ‘The creature is regenerating itself.” – George Carlin
My must-have parenting resources:
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- Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline, MD and Jim Fay
- Mom Life: Perfection Pending by Meredith Ethington
- Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth, MD
- The Sleep Sense Program’s Free Sleep Assessment
- White noise machine and/or a fan in the room