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16 Days ’til 40: Sleep Deprivation

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Show me an educator and I will show you a sleep deprived person! Read the rest of this entry »

 

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110 Days ’til 40: Slumber Parties

 

The older you get, the few(er) slumber parties there are, and I hate that.  I liked slumber parties.  What happened to them? ~ Drew Barrymore Read the rest of this entry »

 

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128 Days ’til 40: ZZZzzzZZZzzzzz

 

Some days all you can do is..zzzZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz.

~400 days ’til 40

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2012 in attitude, Health, mental health

 

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130 Days ’til 40: Best Way to Spend the Weekend

Once again, one of my feline family members has volunteered to be my visual aid.  She is demonstrating what I believe is the absolute best way for me to spend my weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2012 in attitude, Health, mental health, Self-help, therapy

 

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166 Days ’til 40: Sleeping Saturday

Sometimes you have one of “those weeks”.  You know the type, don’t you?  Those weeks that end with you unable to keep your eyes open when eating Friday night dinner and find you quickly drooling on your pillow. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2012 in attitude, Exercise, Health, mental health, therapy

 

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193 Days ’til 40: Sleep Deprivation

 

I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know? ~ Ernest Hemingway

But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep. ~ Robert Frost Read the rest of this entry »

 

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243 Days ’til 40: Fabulous Friday

There are weeks that Friday just cannot come quickly enough… this was one of those weeks.  Yesterday was our last student day of the year and today was a faculty workday.  We were all so exhausted we could barely function – we just wanted to check off everything that we had to do so that we could get ready to head to our summer vacations.  Some get 7 weeks off, I get 5, but I am happy to have what I get. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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244 Days ’til 40: Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

As I have tried to work my way through the last week of the school year with as much grace as possible (read = hardly any grace), my sleep patterns have become  increasingly unstable, increasingly unpredictable, and downright pathetic.  As a person prone to using sleep as a wonderful relaxation tool and mode of escape, I am embarrassed to report that I am beyond sleep deprived. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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291 Days ’til 40: Confessions of a Sleepblogger

I have a confession to make. In the middle of the night when my house is quiet and all is well within the confines of nocturnal bliss my dysfunction rages. My nightly predicament manifests most often in that time continuum between 23:30 and midnight. Yes, at that precise moment, I am often a sleepblogger.

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371 Days ’til 40: Children’s Bedtimes

I have now worked in the school system for over 20 years and one of the things that never ceases to amaze me is the vast differential among families when it comes to children’s bedtimes.  As an educational professional, and as a parent, this is of paramount concern to me.  I cannot begin to fully comprehend how many children in our society are floating through their lives utterly deprived of one of the most necessary activities to assure health and development:  sleep.

Why don’t children get enough sleep?

I am sure you can imagine the various excuses.  Here are some I have heard.

  1. Their father doesn’t get home from work until 7:30, I HAVE to keep them up or they will never see him.
  2. They don’t want to go to sleep before 9:00.
  3. They refuse to go to sleep.
  4. There isn’t enough time – with ballet, soccer practice, youth group, dinner, bathing and homework the earliest they can be in bed is 9:30.

No matter what the excuse, or how good it may be children NEED sleep – they need LOTS of sleep!  My girls are in elementary school.  They go to bed between 7:00 and 7:30 and fall asleep between 7:30 and 8:15 (usually).  They must get up for school at 6:15.  On the days that they go to bed even 30 minutes later we can tell the difference and their ability to function is depleted.  Most of their peers go to bed 1-2 hours after them, but have similar morning wake-up times.  I can often see in their eyes the exhaustion they carry with them.  The difference between my girls and these children is quite apparent on a daily basis.

Parents, you MUST put your children to sleep at a reasonable hour!  Sleep is critical to their physical and emotional development.  Early bedtimes can often mean great sacrifices (such as spending less time with a working parent), it is not easy.  Yet, without the bedtimes we see other ramifications.  Lower test scores and childhood obesity are just two results of sleep deprivation.

How MUCH sleep should my children have?

Here are some website resources that have good information about how much sleep children need and the growing sleep deprivation epidemic.

http://www.webmd.com/parenting/guide/sleep-children

http://www.sleepforkids.org/html/uskids.html

http://www.sleepforkids.org/html/sheet.html

http://www.parentingscience.com/sleep-requirements.html

All families will have occasions where their children will need to stay up late or lose sleep.  When this happens, if there is an opportunity to nap or sleep in within a day or so of the sleep loss it is often easy for the children to recover.  One night of less sleep will not harm a child – the key is to not let it become a pattern.

When my youngest was a baby she did NOT want to go to sleep.  I spent the better part of two weeks listening to 1-2 HOUR screaming sessions as I used the well-tested “rapid return” technique to get her to stay in her room.  While those two weeks were miserable (I eventually invested in earplugs for those nightly two hours) it did pay off in the end.  My daughter learned she would not win the bedtime battle and eventually accepted her new bedtime.  Once she did accept this, she became a happier child.  I did not even realize how sleep deprived she was until I saw the difference in her after the situation was rectified.

There were added parent benefits too – with the children in bed at a reasonable time, I could get more done, relax, and get to bed earlier myself!

Early bedtimes are for the STRONG, not the weak!

Quality pillow time is a good thing for us all.

Sweet dreams!

~400daystil40

 
 

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