"Parents and their children are happier after a good nights sleep," says Dr. Richard Hardie, Sleep Center Medical Director at
Even without the holiday activities, a recent National Sleep Foundation/Pampers® Baby-Dry™ survey found that many infants, toddlers and their parents dont get the amount of sleep the experts recommend. Sixty-four percent of infants and toddlers experience a sleep problem that interferes with them sleeping through the night or results in daytime sleepiness at least a few days a week, according to the survey. When children wake during the night, the sleep of their parents, and even other family members, is directly affected.
"Try to maintain usual bed times for the entire family to make the holidays merrier," adds Dr. Matthew Lundien, Sioux Valley Clinic Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine and Pediatric Sleep Specialist.
· Make sufficient sleep a family priority. Understanding the importance of getting enough sleep and how sleep affects the overall health of parents and children is the first step towards making sleep a family priority.
· Embrace good sleep habits. Regular bedtime routines, creating a quiet and comfortable bedroom, and adhering to appropriate bedtime and wake times can go a long way to better sleep. Televisions and computers need to be out of the bedroom and caffeine should not be part of a child's diet.
· Know when to limit activities. Parents/caregivers need to determine the amount of sleep each family member needs and take steps to ensure their individual needs are met. Every family member must make a good nights sleep a regular part of his/her daily schedule and that includes around the holidays.
The National Sleep Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving pubic health and safety by achieving understanding of sleep and sleep disorders, and by supporting sleep-related education, research, and advocacy.