When it comes to being a parent, sleep is not something you can ever get enough of. From those months with a newborn waking you up every few hours to the years when you are laying up at night worrying if your teenager will come home on time, it seems like there is always sleep passing you by. The connection between sleep and achievement isn't just for athletes or people who wear a suit to work. Parents need good sleep in order to be good parents.
According to WebMD, "sleep deprivation has so many serious consequences for their (moms) health and their families." And it can be a vicious cycle. Even if your children aren't waking you up in the night, parents can't help but see the time after their children go to bed as their time to themselves—whether that is to relax or get things done.
One thing the article emphasizes is that parents have to stop looking at getting enough sleep as a weakness. Moms (and dads) often share their war stories of sleepless nights like they are bragging about it. There needs to be a cultural shift when it comes to how we view sleep. Sure, parents should encourage each other and sometimes that comes from commiserating over sleepless nights. But it shouldn't be a contest over who can operate on the fewest hours of sleep.
Sleep deprived parents need to view sleep as serious, like diet and exercise. Lack of sleep affects your health in many ways and also increases your risk of accidents. Studies have even compared driving while drowsy to driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Although it is much easier said than done, it is important for parents to try to get enough sleep. An important part of that is simply prioritizing it so you can be the best parent you can be. For more information on sleep health, contact us today at the Mattress Store at Kensington.