4 Ways Getting Good-Quality Sleep Helps You Excel at Parenting
Some people say being a parent is the hardest job you’ll ever love. It can certainly be very demanding, but it’s rewarding too. I guess it depends on the day or even the hour, LOL! What’s one thing you can do to feel more confident as a parent? Get good rest every night. For me, sleep is one of the most important and enjoyable things I do every day. No joke. I just wish I was better at it! Whether getting a good night’s rest means making a cup of chamomile tea, getting a new mattress, or engaging in a body-scanning meditation practice that gradually relaxes you from head to toe, it’s important to get ready for sleep and understand why slumbering is so necessary for a healthy, happy lifestyle.
It Helps You Stay Calm Under Pressure
Kids get antsy, right? They love to ask things like “Mommy, are we there yet?” for what seems like the thousandth time in five minutes. You try to keep a toddler-aged brother and sister from fighting over a toy. Who knows what else? The pressure never seems to end! As it turns out, prioritizing sleep is something successful people make sure to do, and if you want to succeed at parenting, it’ll help.
As you rest, your brain gets rid of information it doesn’t need and reshuffles other content. Both of these actions result in dreams. They also make you wake up feeling clear headed and able to cope with the day ahead. If you’ve been feeling more frazzled than usual and aren’t sure why, focus on how much sleep you’ve been getting over the last week or so and realize that perhaps, it hasn’t been enough.
Sleep May Prevent the Common Cold
It’s difficult to see your kids sick. All you want to do is kiss them to stimulate accelerated healing. You just want to be there for them. Things get even worse if you become sick yourself, because, although you’ll keep trying, it’s tough to take care of your kids when you’re feeling rundown too.
Scientists discovered that people who only got an average of five or six hours of sleep per night were four times more likely to catch colds than individuals who slept for at least seven hours. Of course, it’s a good idea to do other things as well, such as washing your hands before eating and taking a multivitamin every day. However, science proves simply getting enough sleep could keep you healthier.
Sleeping Well Helps You Stay Alert
Parenting keeps you on your toes. Seriously. You have to always be on the lookout for a curious toddler trying to pull up to a standing position using the edge of a glass coffee table or a mischievous six-year-old attempting to sneak a chocolate chip cookie before dinner. Since getting a good night’s rest boosts alertness, you can easily justify sleeping a little longer than you normally might. This will almost always get you feeling well and able to tackle the challenges of parenting.
Sleep Affects Your Mood
Ever notice how you often feel grumpy and short tempered after not resting soundly the night before? Sleep has a restorative effect on your emotions, as well as your mental and physical state. That’s why many people recommend others to “sleep on it” before making decisions. When people are tired, they frequently make hasty decisions or let their emotions distract them from being realistic in their judgments.
A lack of sleep can make you become upset more quickly than you otherwise would and become frustrated with things you’d usually ignore. Not getting enough sleep can make it seem like every step you take is a major effort. You may get into a bad mood at mere thoughts about how you have to take your son to a soccer practice or your daughter to a ballet rehearsal. With the schedules these kids have today, that will just never end well, right?
In contrast, when you can rest undisturbed on a good mattress filled with materials like memory foam, latex, or springs, the likelihood is higher that you’ll wake up and feel cheerful because your body got the rest it needed to help you thrive through the day, even if things don’t always go as expected. Trust me, I’ve tried it all and it really makes a huge difference. Getting a great mattress, is so worth the research and the investment.
Hope this helps get you thinking more about how important getting a good night’s sleep is. It really can’t be overstated. And trust me on the mattress part…it’s really key. Best of luck and I hope you find your perfect night’s sleep!