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...
I love sleep hacks! These are products that help kids sleep better, without your help. Here’s a list of what I love:
I love swaddles for babies 0 - 3 months old. They recreate the position they were in the womb. I hear parents all the time saying that their baby doesn’t like to be swaddled, but the truth is all babies love it. Babies squirm, arch their back and cry when they’re overtired, and this can make them look like they’re fighting the swaddle. I recommend swaddling your baby for every sleep situation. Not only does it help make sleep stretches longer, but it also lowers the risk of SIDS. How is that for a good reason to start using them? My favorite swaddle is the Sleepea Swaddle. Very simple to use, and makes it impossible for baby to break out of it.
White noise machines.
I’m a big fan of white noise. For infants, it reproduces what they heard in the womb, helping them calm down, fall asleep and stay asleep. For children of all ages (and adults) it tunes out external n...