We all have those busy weekends…the ones with back-to-back family obligations, errands and social gatherings. Do you often find that you are more exhausted on Monday morning than when you left work on Friday? Do you ever notice how physically and mentally gross you feel on those Mondays? Did you know there’s an explanation for that gross feeling and it isn’t as simple as being tired? It is called sleep debt and as it increases, our health and well-being decreases.
Sleep isn’t just a nice break from our busy days, it is essential to our health! This reality is even more true for babies and young children. We focus so much on ensuring our children get the proper nutrition, we tend to forget that sleep is just as crucial for their long-term health and development!