For those readers who would like to sleep better, sleep deeper and stay asleep once they drift off, this is the blog post for you!
I have mastered sleep, as a young child, and have managed to stick with a severe sleep management routine throughout my adult life. The sense that sleep is illusive, or that it is difficult to manage sleep often stems from a misunderstanding of how much sleep a person needs in a given night.
The average child needs no more than four thirty minute naps per day, accompanied by two to three hours of sleep at night. Some parents may be shocked at this estimate. Of course, it varies from our last reported recommendation of one hour naps!
But studies have recently shown that there is no loss in cognitive function, energy levels, or behavior in children who take thirty minute naps, and that saves the parent’s valuable time!
In the adult population, it’s common for people to assume they need seven to eight hours of sleep per night. This is patently false, and can set the body up to expect more sleep than it truly needs.
Reading about sleep addiction will surely set you straight on this count! Simply take two naps of about one hour each during the night time hours should be sufficient for your brain to rest, and will allow you to wake, eat your oats at 3 am, and still have plenty of time to pursue family activities with your children between their naps.
Here’s a great video on how to sleep better. I worked for us!