ADULT SLEEP ISSUES
Your sleep deprivation affects your health.
It also affects ThE HEALtH OF YOUR FAMILY.
Read more about my approach to working with sleep issues, the causes of sleep problems in parents, and why it's important to address your sleep.
Sleep ISSUES ... What's at stake?
Unable to focus.
That is how a chronic lack of sleep makes you feel regardless of whether your sleep issues are due to being woken up by your child or have causes unrelated to parenting, sleep deprivation takes a toll on your health and well-being, and I know that you know it.
But have you considered that ...
... your sleep issues also affect your child's well-being and the well-being of your family?
When are you a better partner and parent? Think about what sleep deprivation does to your patience and empathy, to your ability to be engaged and pay attention, to how much you enjoy your child’s and your partner's company…
Recently, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine published a report on early life predictors of life-long health and well-being. Here is one of their main conclusions:
"The single most important factor influencing a child’s healthy development is having safe, stable, and nurturing relationships with his or her parent or primary caregiver – typically, the child’s mother... Therefore, ensuring mothers have ongoing supports for maintaining good mental health and psychological well-being is critical."
Self-care is not selfish!
Investment in your own sleep and well-being is an investment in the well-being of your family. Family life, especially parenting small children, involves sacrifices, but we need to respect our limits and replenish our resources, for everyone's sake. I encourage adults to learn to take care of themselves and manage their stress and exhaustion wisely.
Most of sleep issues can be solved efficiently using psychological interventions. I teach my adult clients to work with anxiety, intrusive thoughts, and negative self-talk using a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness-based stress reduction methods.