- Dr. Liz Homan
Sleep is the time that our body rejuvenates itself and is such an important time of our day! Our muscles and cells are regenerated and are able to heal from the days stress while we are sleeping. And if we get good quality, mainly uninterrupted sleep we will awaken feeling fresh and restored and ready to have an amazing day!
There have been many studies looking at the amount of sleep that we all need for our body to function at its best! I am sure most of you are aware of how much sleep your body needs to function optimally and it is most likely between 7-9 hours per night. Hopefully you make getting a full nights rest a priority so that you can be your best self, especially if you are a parent, because you know you need to be at your best to allow your children to thrive as well!
So we know we are to get around 8 hours of sleep per night, but how much sleep should our children be getting? Well, that changes every couple of year and this chart shows the recommended amounts of sleep for our children!
But, as parents, we know that this is not always the case and that at times, our children wake up and do not get their full amount of needed sleep and that also means that we do not get that full amount of sleep either!
This means that the time that you do have in bed sleeping really needs to matter! Some key things to do is to make sure that you have your sleep environment set up properly with a high quality pillow that allows your spine to stay in a neutral position, a mattress that is comfortable and supportive to your sleeping position and conditions that are right for sleeping, meaning a dark room that is quite and free from distractions!
Next week I will expand upon these topics of making sure you have a great sleep environment! For now, focus on how much sleep you are getting per night right now and also how much sleep your children are getting! Hopefully next week you can take some things form it to help you get more restful sleep!