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Daylight Saving Time is killing me!
Sure, the extra hour of light in the evening is awesome for playing outside and going to the park, but the rest of it? No thanks. This last week has looked an awful lot like this (for some perspective, this photo was taken around 4PM…well past the threshold for naptime!):
The part where the kids stay up later (because it’s still light!) and get up earlier (because that’s what they do!) is for the birds. It’s been nearly a week now, and I’m *still* confused about what time of day it is, so I can’t blame them, but oh, how I wish it were easier to reset everyone’s internal clocks to coincide with the new time!
I’m not shy about getting a little extra help when I need it, and Zarbee’s Naturals Sleep and Children’s Sleep products are available for just that – help! Not only do they make all-natural sleep aids for children 3+ and adults (melatonin FOR THE WIN!), but they have a ton of helpful information about sleep on their website, too.
Sleep has been an ongoing battle in our household, and I’d be lying if I said I was the Queen of Routine. Our bedtime routine is haphazard at best. Sometimes we watch a movie before bed, sometimes we go to bed early, sometimes we stay up late…we’re not super consistent about anything when it comes to bedtime. According to Dr. Zak Zarbock, who created Zarbee’s Naturals because he wanted all-natural, safe, and effective treatments for his own children when they were ill, a consistent routine is key to teaching children how to fall asleep.
You can see more of Dr. Zarbock’s tips here (it’s #SleepWeek over at Zarbee’s Naturals, and they’ve got lots of sleep info for you!). I realized, after reading through his tips, that I’ve got two things to work on: consistency, and shutting off the TV (and all other electronics) before bedtime. I’m also going to make an effort to feed my kids better pre-bedtime foods…I didn’t realize the impact evening snacking could have on their sleep.
Getting everyone to sleep at night is a pretty intense undertaking (although I should give credit where credit is due…after five years of insanely difficult get-to-sleep-ness from Jack, he now passes out like a dream and sleeps all night in his own bed). We’ve started working on getting Claire to stay in her own bed all night. Basically, every night before bed I bribe her with the promise of a new bottle and a bouncy seat for her baby doll if she will sleep in her own room. Then, sometime in the middle of the night, she crawls in bed with us and I am too tired to move her.
I found the cute little sleep chart below at the Zarbee’s site…I’m putting it to use TONIGHT! You can get your own free printable here.
I’ve got some things to work on as we improve our sleep routines, that’s for sure. But for instances like these…when the clocks change, or we have a bunch of company from out of town and the kids are up late, or when we travel…it’s nice to have something in your back pocket to help reset everyone’s sleep schedules. For YEARS, my sister-in-laws (both of them) have recommended Melatonin as an all-natural sleep aid. After having family in town and letting the kids stay up way too late for nearly a week, I finally tried some Zarbee’s Naturals Children’s Sleep with my oldest (this is designed for kids 3+). One little Melatonin pill and he was Out. Like. A Light.
What is your bedtime routine like?