The other day my husband and I were arguing--you don't need to know about what, that's between him, me and the upstairs neighbors that might have heard us. I tell you about the argument because he had the audacity to try and use a nap I took against me. As if napping is a bad thing, a sign of weakness, a sign that I don't care enough about my kids or him, as in I could have been cleaning the toilet instead of napping. Okay, I may be over-reacting, but not really. I set him straight right then and there. I am sleep-deprived, my children keep me sleep deprived by waking me up at night ALL the time and getting up too early. I am in a constant state of tired and it's not good for me and it's not good for them either. He may have rolled his eyes at me because of the grandiosity of how I put it, but it turns out that I am right: losing sleep is not only bad for your health it can also be deadly. So I am doing myself and the world a favor by napping.
Why is sleep deprivation bad?
You know how much I read up on baby sleep when I was pregnant? Absolutely nothing. A friend asked my husband if we had a sleep philosophy we planned to use, and I honestly thought she was nuts. Why would I be thinking about how my kid would sleep when he wasn't even born yet? Wouldn't he just sleep when he was tired? Yeah, I learned the hard way that that's not how it works.Continue Reading >
Getting kids to fall asleep at bedtime can be a Herculean task. Toddlers and young children are infamous for their anti-sleep antics, so much so that it has been well-documented in books, TV shows and movies for years. But what some scientist are coming to realize is that this may not just be because of the rebellious nature of young children--it may actually be caused by bedtimes not lining up with biological rhythms.Continue Reading >
Just in time for the holidays, Bon Vivant Baby has introduced the Tortilla Baby Swaddle Blanket, and I kind of wish I was pregnant just so I could have a reason to buy one. The term "baby burrito" has been used for years in reference to those adorable little newborns swaddled up nice and cozy in their blankies, but this version takes that concept to a whole other level. It's actually round and looks just like a giant tortilla! It even comes with a little hat with a knot on the end that is reminiscent of how a burrito gets wrapped. How cute is it!?Continue Reading >
Despite the perpetual image of so-called soccer moms carting their over-scheduled kids from soccer to ballet to basketball and back, most children live a rather sedentary life--spending all day in the classroom, followed by hours sitting at a table doing homework and then parked in front of the televison or computer munching on chips and soda. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010 more than one third of children and adolescents in the United States were classified as either overweight or obese. But there are steps you can take to make sure you keep your kids' health on track!Continue Reading >
We all know a bad night's sleep can affect your performance in the office the next day and even alter your mood. But it turns out a lack of slumber an also have serious consequences on your love too!
According to a new study that racked 78 different couples over two weeks, just ONE bad night's sleep can cause increased relationship conflict. Why? The worst couples slept, the less empathy they showed to their partners and the harder they found it to judge each other's emotion. And that wasn't the only side effect!Continue Reading >
Balancing work and our personal lives can be hard at times, not to mention downright exhausting. That's why we all need to nap every now and then.
Unfortunately, part of being an adult is having a lot of responsibilites and it's often hard to shut off your brain even when you're trying to rest. Personally, whenever I try to take a nap, I end up lying there going over all the things I need to do before eventually falling asleep and waking up even more tired than before.
As it turns out though, there's actually a right and healthy way to take a daytime snooze. How? Check out five tips to napping like baby below:Continue Reading >
With summer in the air, chances are your social schedule has gotten a lot more packed--even on the weekdays. That also means that there's a possibility you'll stay out just a little too late one night and then end up being exhausted the next day at work. Oh, and let's not even mention the perennial parent problem: Your kid had a bad night's sleep, which means by extension you did too.
Don't worry, we've all been there! The good news is there are some things you can do to fake a good night's sleep.Continue Reading >
Rest, a nutritious breakfast, and parental support all play a part in how well a child does in school. But recent research out of the United Kingdom suggests that proper sleep is even more important than we previously thought. In fact, children with a late and/or inconsistent bedtime fare worse in both reading and math than kids who hit the sack before 9 p.m. every day.Continue Reading >
Besides offering the perfect opportunity to cuddle and wind down before bedtime, many experts believe that reading to your baby daily from birth will turn him or her into an early reader. Even if your child ends up reading on his own at an average age, getting him started young will help baby learn to value books and words and will start building his vocabulary and comprehension skills from from early on. At just a year old, I often find my son whom we read to before all naps and at bedtime, sitting in a pile of books flipping through pages and babbling.Continue Reading >