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If your family is struggling with a lack of quality sleep, these books will give you some relief.
Sleep. We all want it. We all need it, in fact, but do we make our family’s sleep health a priority?
I try to. Before my kids were born I read up on infant sleep because I wanted to be sure that I had kids who were good sleepers. And it worked– they are good nappers and each get 11-12 hours of sleep each night.
But when it comes to my own sleep, I’m not as conscientious. I like to get up early, but I don’t go to bed at the right time to facilitate that. If I’m tired during the day, I will almost never attempt a nap. I’d rather just have a second coffee instead of listening to my body telling me to “REST!”
So I definitely can use some help in realizing the importance of sleep, how it affects our body, our mind, and our attitude.
If you’re ready to get serious about giving your family a good night’s sleep, check out these helpful resources and you’ll all be catching some zzzzzzs in no time.
The Best Books to Help Your Family Sleep
Baby S.T.E.P.S. to Better Sleep: How to Gently Coach Your Child to Peaceful Naps and Rested Nights. The beauty of this book, written by leading sleep expert Nicole Johnson of The Baby Sleep Site, is that it instructs you on how to create your own sleep plan…one that suits your family and your needs. Most other sleep books will prescribe a certain method to use, but one size doesn’t fit all. Johnson delves into the how/why behind the importance of a well-rested infant in a manner that is easy to understand. There are sample sleep schedules plus tools for you to create your baby’s sleep goals and a plan to achieve them. Also, Johnson advocates for gentle sleep coaching methods and rarely suggests the use of cry-it-out. Writes Johnson, “if you sleep coach successfully, the high-quality sleep your child gets as a result will be hugely beneficial to your child AND to you (as it will allow you to get the sleep you need). When you are rested, you are more likely to be a parent and are able to foster an even stronger bond with your baby.”
The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time. So what does author Arianna Huffington know about sleep? Turns out, a lot. Huffington argues that being exhausted and overworked is not a badge of honor– it’s a really, really bad thing. And not just bad, it’s dangerous. Drowsy drivers are involved in 300,000+ accidents each year, with 6,000+ causing a fatality. And did you know that repeatedly losing sleep will, over time, lead to irreversible loss of brain cells? Poor sleep will affect your mental state, your memory, and your physical health. Huffington leaves no stone unturned in this book. She addresses what to do for a good night’s sleep, what NOT to do (spicy foods right before bed!), plus how to handle things like jet lag, naps, and sharing a bed with your partner. There’s even a section listing hotels that promise to emphasize an amazing sleep experience!
The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep: A New Way of Getting Children to Sleep. Can a book truly be a miracle worker? I am here to tell you that YES. Yes, it can. The sleepy rabbit story basically hypnotizes your children using the power of your soft, soothing voice.
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. This is a good one to read before you have a baby. It explains why your baby needs sleep and how to set a good sleep foundation right from the newborn stage. There are some limitations to this book, though. While there were lots of case studies of children with poor sleeping habits, I remember having a few issues that were not mentioned in the book. I felt like there was no place else I could go for further explanations or clarifications on Dr. Weissbluth’s advice. (Conversely, with Baby S.T.E.P.S., you have the entire Baby Sleep Site website to peruse for additional information.)
Color Me To Sleep. Grab your colored pencils and color these calming scenes before you turn in for the night. You will relax and unwind with this book, co-authored by a sleep consultant and an art therapist.
And then of course, if all else fails, you have this book…
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