We’ve all seen the headlines. We’ve heard the stories. Sleep is important; it’s a fact. Our bodies take care of so many important functions while we sleep, especially processing all the important information our brains consumed from the day before. Thus, sleep is doubly important for kids, whose minds are growing at exponential levels.
Thus, we implemented more regular sleep schedules at my house. Hell, I took it one step further and made everyone an evening schedule. Here’s what it looks like:
- 6:30 | The baby cleans up her toys, and we clean the kitchen
- 6:45 | Bath time for the kid, while the other parent finishes cleaning
- 7:00 | Baby gets some jammies, reads a book or two, and brushes her teeth
- 7:30 | Baby goes to bed. Mom and dad check their emails and probably work a little more
- 9:30 | We shut our computers down… hopefully. I pick up a book or do some yoga, and my husband tries journaling. Some days we watch an episode of the binge show of the week.
- 10:30 | We switch from winding down to falling asleep
The important parts are that we go to bed at the same time each day. We also wake up at the same time each day – 6 AM, unless we need to get going sooner to get into the office.
I’ll add that this change wasn’t really an adjustment for us. It was very easy once we made the decision to get into the swing.
So, what happened? Whatever you think happened is exactly what happened. It was easier to put the baby to bed. It was easier to fall asleep ourselves. I slept DEEP AF. The sleep was seriously so much better. It was easier to wake up after this routine was implemented.
It’s a win-win for everyone, and thus, this is no longer classified as experiment. It’s a fully adopted routine. At some point we need to work in more cardio to totally boost the benefits, but until then… these results are totally worth it. The only catch is that the baby’s current growth spurt means that she somehow wakes up more often (says she’s hungry) and also sleeps later. We’ll get through this phase, and then keep on.
Anyway, try it out.