Managing Monday’s: Sleep
November 7, 2011, 9:41 pm
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Managing Monday’s: Sleep

I chose this because I am so tired tonight. The weekend was good but with the overnighter on Saturday with Jessie’s soccer team and then the time change I seem to be more tired than I want to be.

Sleep management regardless of the age of your children is an ongoing battle for both adults and children. It has been interesting to see the four kids go through various stages of sleep needs and sleep deprivation. From staying up late at night with babies who refuse to sleep on any ‘Normal” schedule to teenagers who sleep the weekends away whenever possible.

In an article from the national sleep foundation, “Ellen” often asked herself this exact question – especially when it comes to helping her family members get the amount of sleep they need. With a son in preschool and a daughter in high school, a husband who works over 50 hours a week and aging parents, one with Parkinson’s disease, Ellen’s family runs the gamut when it comes to age and sleep needs. Because all of Ellen’s family members have busy schedules, they often forget to put their sleep needs ahead of their other priorities. Not only does Ellen need to convince her family that getting the right amount of sleep is important, but she also needs to figure out how much sleep they really need!
If you’re like Ellen and her family, you’re probably also confused about how to know when “enough is enough” in regards to your sleep. While news media and health organizations are regularly saying to get more sleep, it might be unclear to you how many hours of sleep you should be getting and how to tell if you are adequately rested. Keep reading and we’ll explore how you can make educated decisions about your sleep and that of your family members’.
What the Research Says About Sleep Duration
The first thing experts will tell you about sleep is that there is no “magic number.” Not only do different age groups need different amounts of sleep, but sleep needs are also individual. Just like any other characteristics you are born with, the amount of sleep you need to function best may be different for you than for someone who is of the same age and gender. While you may be at your absolute best sleeping seven hours a night, someone else may clearly need nine hours to have a happy, productive life.

The following chart is an estimation based on the ideal sleep patterns. Just as each of us have our own unique DNA our sleep needs are unique to us individually as well. As a parent we need to balance our needs with our kids needs and help them get a clear understanding of what their particular needs are for them to function at full potential. When they are younger this may be easier as we can dictate when bed time is, as they grow older I believe it is part of our responsibility to help them understand their bodies so they can make good decisions as well as deal with the aftermath of poor ones.

How Much Sleep Do You Really Need

Good night Moon, goodnight everyone.


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