You’re armed with charts, advice, anecdotes, anything you can find to help your child get the sleep they need. Then, you get to the reality of life. Bath time goes long, tantrums simmer and explode, and you’re yawning more than ever at work. Sometimes you wonder, does anyone meet the recommendation? And what really is normal when it comes to sleep?
At Lully, we’re committed to helping kids and their parents get the best sleep possible. We also know that setting sky-high expectations for what “correct” sleep looks like may not be as useful as digging into the reality and relieving some of the guilt and anxiety that parents may have. Problems like night terrors, bedwetting, sleepwalking and busy schedules can get in the way of sleep, and they’re fairly common. By humanizing these issues and providing real solutions for them, we can help families get the restful sleep they deserve.
Here’s a look at what sleep looks like for families in America today.
Night Terrors Are Common but There Is a Solution
Nearly 2 in 5 children experience night terrors. If they happen in your family, know that you’re hardly alone. Common wisdom tells parents that kids grow out of night terrors, but this can take months or even years. We created the Lully Sleep Guardian to help you stop night terrors, now.
Sleepwalking and Bedwetting Help
This happens to quite a few young children. If it’s happening in your home, rest assured that you’re not alone. Don’t hesitate to talk with your pediatrician if these problems become bothersome or don’t improve.
Recommended Sleep Amount vs. The Reality
As you’ll see in the charts above, almost everyone is falling just short of the recommended amount of sleep for their age. This may be the result of a cultural attitude toward valuing being busy over getting the rest and relaxation we need. Next time you feel frenzied about making sure your family is doing everything you feel obligated to do, try to reassess your priorities. It may be worth skipping a few extracurriculars or events if it means everyone gets more necessary rest. Slowing down is an art, too!
Curious about how normal your family’s sleep is? Take our simple quiz and see how your family stacks up!
We hope this information helps parents feel like their bumps in the road on the journey to great sleep are hardly uncommon. If you have any questions about these issues, feel free to tweet us at @lullysleep. Sweet dreams, Lully family!