Why Sleep Should Be Everyone’s Priority
Your baby needs sleep even more than we do (and we need it a lot!). All kinds of incredible things are happening to your baby when they are asleep. It’s impossible to mention all the amazing things the body is doing whilst sleeping (and the importance of REM sleep in particular). Mood, concentration, emotional wellbeing, memories, stress, the brain, immune system and the heart are just some of the things that benefit immensely from good sleep. This is why it’s important to push sleep up the agenda and prioritise it.
“Sleep services all aspects of our body in one way or another: molecular, energy balance, as well as intellectual function, alertness and mood” - Dr. Merrill Mitler (Sleep Expert and Neuroscientist at the National Institutes of Health)
Getting enough good sleep is an essential part of looking after your health, no less than exercising and eating well. No one is saying you shouldn’t expect your sleep to be disturbed when you have a baby. We all know how children cause parents to lose some sleep, and much of the time, a lot of sleep. However, it’s a myth to say that parents have to unduly suffer with lack of sleep just because they have a child. If your baby’s not sleeping well, you can address it. It’s not selfish, it’s not unnatural or unrealistic... it’s necessary and hugely beneficial. There’s no reason not to have a healthy sleep routine to give your child and your entire family the sleep they deserve.
I know how it feels to be exhausted and at breaking point because your baby won’t sleep. I’ve been there myself and the good news is, it’s quicker and easier than you think to solve.
I’m Vicky, Mum to Oscar and twins Lily and Leo. My first son, Oscar, was a terrible sleeper from the beginning; he would wake excessively in the night and would need to be fed or rocked back to sleep each time. I couldn’t get him onto a routine and my husband and I were exhausted. Oscar was exhausted too and very grumpy. I read all the books and listened to all sorts of advice, but I just felt like a bit of a failure. Something had to change.
A friend suggested (or should I say insisted!) that we speak to a Sleep Sense™ Consultant. I have to say I was reluctant at first, but I was so pleased I did; it honestly changed our lives. It was amazing! It only took a few days for Oscar to be on a great routine and sleeping 12 hours at night. He became a happier baby too. It felt like a miracle!
Of course, then my friends and family asked me to help them with their children’s sleep which led me to read more into the complexities of sleep. I soon trained under Dana Obleman, author of the Sleep Sense™ Program, to become a Certified Sleep Consultant.
Now, I’m lucky to be able to help families get the sleep they need.
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