How Your Kid's Sleep Habits Are Affecting You
Ellie Porter, Sleep Help Institute
July 8th, 2019
We all expect newborns to affect our sleep, but there’s no limit on when your kids will stop impacting your sleep habits and health. From the instant they’re born, kids change everything about our lives. Here are just a few of the ways that kids make it harder for you to get a full night’s sleep, and how you can make efforts to finally get some rest.
Disturbing Your Sleep
- Climbing into bed with you
- Crying throughout the night
- Coming home past curfew
- Dealing with illness
If you find that your kids are constantly coming to sleep in bed with you, or on the couch, it might be because they aren’t comfortable in their own room. Make sure that their mattress isn’t damaged or uncomfortable for them to sleep on. If they are, you might want to look into replacing the mattress with a new one. You may need to help them figure out why they don’t want to sleep in their own rooms. It’s an important step for younger kids to figure out.
If you are sleep training your kids or dealing with illnesses in the middle of the night, I wish you luck. It can be a strenuous time in your life. Make sure to lean on your partner while you do this. You’re a team and they should be losing just as much sleep as you do.
Delaying Your Sleep
- Helping kids with projects
- Late night activities
- Waiting up for kids to come home
Kids bring with them a lot of responsibilities, no matter how old they are. There are all kinds of ways that kids will keep you up at night, from helping them with school projects to stressing about their well-being to waiting for them to come home from their activities.
Setting a strict bedtime is important for your kids’ sleep health, and it’s also important for you. Make sure that you’re taking care of your own sleep habits the way you do for your kids. It might be better for you, in the long run, to go to sleep while you’re waiting on them rather than waiting up forever. You’ll figure out the right path for yourself eventually.
"Make sure that you’re taking care of your own sleep habits the way you do for your kids."
Disrupting Your Routine
If there's one thing that kids are really good at, it's disrupting whatever you are trying to do. no matter how vigilant you are about your bedtime routine for yourself, it's inevitable that kids are going to disrupt it whenever you need the routine the most.
One way that you can avoid the disruptions is by working your kids’ routine into your own bedtime routine. If there are things that you can do together, like yoga, try adding that to the routine. otherwise, it might be best to finish your routine after your kids have gone to bed.
If you are struggling to sleep well, you might want to talk to your doctor about getting some additional help with your sleep. There might be a medical reason for your struggles and it’s important to get that checked out.