Families share everything. From their genes down to their sense of humor, children take their cues from their parents. But there’s one personal trait that we may not realize is affecting our families. You guessed it—our sleep habits.
In order for your household to function at its best, sleep has to become a family priority. Let’s talk about the importance of sleep for your family and discuss how you can improve it for everyone.
How much sleep should everyone be getting?
For adults, the recommended amount of nightly sleep is seven to nine hours. For children, it depends on their stage of development. Here’s a breakdown of the number of hours of sleep required per day, including naps:
Picture this: You fly from New York to Los Angeles on Friday night and start adjusting to Pacific time. On Sunday night, you catch a red eye and abruptly fly back to the east coast: where waking up at 7 a.m. for a Monday morning meeting feels like 4 a.m. to your body. Sounds miserable, doesn’t it?
Well, if you’re like a lot of people, this is exactly what your body is being put through every time you stay up late on the weekends and then try to adjust to a 9-to-5 schedule on Monday. This concept is called “social jetlag” because it’s often a result of socializing on the weekends, and the impacts of chronic fatigue and drowsiness very closely resemble jetlag.
Our bodies crave consistency, and so they’ll try to esta
If you’re like many people, your busy life probably keeps you going until you hit the pillow. And if you are like many people, your head hitting the pillow doesn’t mean your mind stops racing—in fact, often the opposite is true. Somehow the moment you decide to get some rest, you recall that you forgot to make lunches for the kids, and Christmas is coming up fast, and you have got to put new tile down in the kitchen, and you should probably figure out retirement right now before it gets too late…
If this describes you, you've probably been struggling to figure out how the heck you can get some sleep when you're dealing with all this stress; what’s probably missing from your busy life is a moment of mental deceleration before bed. What is mental deceleration, you might be wondering?
You can think of it like this: you wouldn’t (or shouldn’t) finish up vig
Who doesn’t love a good night’s sleep, let alone an entire month celebrating it? That's why we're publishing a month's worth of tips to help you sleep better with only minor changes to your daily life. Here's to Better Sleep Month, and to sleeping your best year-round. You deserve it.
Better Sleep Month Tips
Sleep Tip #1:
When sleeping on your back or side, a medium height and slightly firm pillow works best to support your neck and head. On your stomach, a soft, flat pillow is best. Quality pillows are designed to keep your spine aligned while you sleep, which can mean more comfort and more sleep.
Sleep Tip #2:
By mid-afternoon, you feel the crash coming, and you reach for
Some American adults reportedly experiencing insomnia in a given year (that’s almost half of ‘em), and at least forty million suffer from long-term sleep disorders. The fact is that no matter how counterintuitive it might seem, falling asleep can be hard work—and the harder you try, the more likely you are to fail. Like trying to meditate as fast as possible, teaching yourself how to fall asleep faster can seem like a completely misguided tactic, but if you approach the task in the right way, it’s actually achievable.
1) Wind Down Your Day Early
Rushing around, checking things off your to-do list, your mind abuzz with chatter from morning ‘til night… sure, those might be the hallmarks of a productive go-getter, but a mind that runs a mile a minute needs a cool down before it can shut down completely. Instead of gluing your eyes—and your brain—to your