Sleep deprivation is no joke. It’s widely known that it affects our health, but did you know that it has an impact on your relationship with others? Here’s how:
You turn into a toddler.
The part of our brain that controls our reactions, the amygdala, goes out of balance when we are sleep deprived. We may overreact to situations and become more irritable, and also fail to respond to other people’s emotions. Small problems may seem bigger. Ever witnessed an overtired toddler? We become the adult version of that: irrational and irritable.
You push your partner away.
Your brain goes into survival mode. This means that it’ll focus on important activities like eating, and tasks that aren’t needed for survival, like conversations with your partner, go out the window. Sleep deprivation decimates all the things you need to make a relationship work.
You get sick.
Sleep deprivation weakens your immune system. It’s true that sleep deprivation can increase your risk of diabetes, obesity, heart disease...
It’s the middle of August! Wait, what? Already? Yep, school is around the corner, and long gone will be the sleep-ins and staying up late. Here are 8 tips that will help your kiddos transition to the new school routine and schedule, and continue getting the sleep they need.
Don’t wait for school to start.
Children need time to adjust to changes. Two weeks before school starts, start moving bedtime earlier by 15 minutes every few days.
Use a timer.
Set a timer to go off when they’re supposed to be in bed. Put together a sticker chart for every night they beat the timer and a reward for a perfect week!
Turn off all screens.
TVs, tablets and cell phones have blue light, which fools our bodies into thinking it’s not time to sleep. Turn off all devices before dinner time until the next morning.
Have a routine in place
Routines signal your body that bedtime is approaching, making the transition easier. If you don’t have one in place, it’s never to late to establish one. Children of all ages ben...