f you're like most new parents, a good night's sleep shimmers in your weary mind like a mirage in the desert. We all know that when our kids are up all night... we're up all night, and it's nowhere near as fun as the all-nighters we used to have. Before long, life starts to crumble and we morph into cranky, bug-eyed, sleep-deprived zombies. But a good night's rest doesn't have to be an illusion. Whether you've got crying newborns or crazed toddlers, finding effective techniques to help you, your partner and your kids sleep longer each night will have a huge effect on the quality of your life.
So, with Mother's Day rapidly approaching, consider giving the moms you know a deeply treasured gift: SLEEP
Sleep struggles are the number one behavioral grumble of parents. The effects of sleep deprivation are no mere sitcom storyline; they are profound... with real mind and body consequences that touch every aspect of our lives. Many parents are shocked (and relieved) to learn that sleep deprivation is so powerfully debilitating that it's used to train our special forces, like the Navy SEALs, to endure torture. No wonder so many new parents feel pushed to the breaking point.
People who care for new babies (parents and increasingly grandparents) lose on average 200-300 hours of sleep in the first year. And for many, there's not much respite after that first year, either. Half of all toddlers (and a third of all preschoolers) still wake through the night, leaving parents questioning if there's ever a rest stop at the end of the tunnel.