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Supporting Sleep of the Entire Family Unit

Sleep is magic when you get the proper amount and quality sleep you need.

Sleep helps:

  • Keep your immune system strong

  • Maintain a healthy weight

  • Reduce stress

  • Improve mood stabilization

  • Improve focus and concentration

  • Improve memory

When one or more people in the family are not meeting their sleep needs, the entire family unit is affected.

So how much sleep is actually needed?

Well that depends on your age. For adults, it is recommended that you get 7-9 hours of sleep. Kids need increased sleep to support their growing bodies and brains.

Newborns need: 14-17 hours a day

Babies need: 12-16 hours a day (including naps)

Toddlers need: 11-14 hours a day (including naps)

Preschoolers need: 10-13 hours a day (including naps)

School agers need: 9-12 a night

Some signs you or your child may not be meeting your sleep needs are:

  • Low energy

  • Difficulty paying attention

  • Poor mood regulation (increased irritability and/or meltdowns)

  • Hyperactivity or impulsiveness in children

  • Trouble falling or staying asleep

  • Grogginess when waking up in the morning

If you are your child are struggling to get adequate sleep, it might be because:

  • Your body is stuck in fight or flight mode

  • You are experiencing pain

  • Stress

  • Some medications

  • Certain foods and beverage consumed

If you or your child is struggling to get good quality sleep on a consistent basis try these strategies:

  • Establish a consistent bedtime routine

  • Give your body the sensory input it is craving

  • Turn off electronics at least an hour before bedtime

  • Practice relaxation techniques (massage, warm bath, deep breathing)

  • Work with a trusted professional to get to the root cause of the sleep disturbances

If sleep is a struggle for you or your little ones and it’s affecting your entire family, book a free consultation with us so we can provide individualized support.

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