New Years Resolutions? Get some sleep!!!

iStock_000052835144LargeHappy New Year everyone! With 2015 in full swing you are more than likely thinking about your resolutions; maybe you want to eat better, spend more time exercising, watch less TV, play more with your kids…but one resolution that is often overlooked when thinking about being healthier is ensuring that we are all getting enough sleep to live these active lives that we so crave.

For parents getting this sleep is often completely dependent on the way that our children sleep. We may aim to get to bed early and to get a solid 8-9 hours each night (which is what most adults need to feel well rested and ready to take on the day), but when you have a child that takes hours to settle at bedtime and is waking you 2,3,4+ times a night, this is an impossible task. By not getting the right amount of sleep each night for adults and children alike, you are setting yourself up for long tiresome days where you don’t feel like doing much of anything, let alone making healthy meals and being active with your family.

If you have thought about making changes to your child’s sleep but something has been holding you back, let me know what your concerns are, ask me questions, tell me your fears and we’ll talk through it. Weigh out the pros and cons of addressing the sleep issues you are having in your home, here’s a few to get you started:

PROS

  • Well rested children who are less cranky and irritable during the day
  • Peace of mind that your children are getting the rest they need to thrive developmentally and to meet their milestones
  • More energy to play with your children or to exercise independently
  • Increased alertness and productivity during the day allowing you to accomplish more whether it be at home or at work
  • Relaxing evenings to connect with your partner, family, friends or even yourself!

I could go on and on about the benefits of getting good rest for you and your family. But what about the cons? What is stopping you from working on your child’s sleep issues?

CONS

  • My child will cry

9 times out of 10 this is the answer I get from parents when I ask them this question. Crying is your child’s way of protesting change, and you can expect that making changes to their sleep habits will result in some protest. That’s why I’m always sure to tell parents that my program will most likely involve at least some amount of protest on the child’s part.

Please understand that I will never ask you to leave your child to cry alone, nor will I ask you to ignore their cries. The reason that the Sleep Sense™ Method is so effective is that it lets you develop a plan that you feel comfortable with, based on what you know about your child. Any crying that happens is always short term and the long term benefits of you and your children getting the rest they need is immeasurable.

2015 will be an amazing year and what better time to make a change if sleep is a challenge in your household. I am currently offering 15% off my rates for my New Years Special and have just introduced a Mini Consultation. So if you or someone that you know is struggling with sleep in their home, email me today to set up a FREE 15 minute call just to chat. There is no obligation and I would be happy to answer any questions or concerns that you have. kathryn@sleepstars.ca.

Happy New Year!

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