I love research about children's health, especially sleep. Every new study gives me insight as to why my young children are (or are not) sleeping. Neither my son or daughter were great sleepers, and if I was to be honest, they only recently started sleeping through the night. They're 8 and 5, so that means I'm running on almost a decade of sleep deprivation (because I slept horribly during my pregancies).
Two new sleep studies were released this week that will hopefully make your bedtimes and naptimes go smoother. Head over to Today's Parent to read the complete studies and about my bedtime battles:
This comprehensive study out of the US examined the sleep habits of more than 1000 children and learned that although all parents said their children's sleep was important, they didn't necessarily get the amount of sleep they needed. Of all the sleep habits studied, strict bedtime routines proved to be the most effective in getting ample shut-eye.
Researchers scoured medical research about the relationship between napping and nocturnal sleep in two year old children and discovered that toddlers who still sleep during the daytime have more dificulties going to bed.
What are your bedtime and nap routines? Join the conversation using the hashtag #momstownTP