The funny thing about the 4th of July is that it causes a whole lot of sleep deprivation; staying up past dark hours to watch fireworks and sounds of fireworks up into the odd hours of the night will throw anyone’s sleep off! If you are one of the millions of Americans who woke up on the more tired side this morning, I’ve got some tips for you! The fact is that late nights affect our children more than it does us, adults. So you can use these tips for yourself, but definitely use them for your kids as they will feel off this week.
4. ✌️ Have extra grace for yourself and your kids. When our bodies feel icky after a late night, realize that we are never in our “right” minds in that state. So pick your battles but also be of the understanding that fights are rarely (if ever) worth fighting when you and your kids are in that stressed sleep-deprived state. It’s best to help your child de-stress first, then deal with the behavior when you are both calm.
5. ⏰ Be patient-it takes TIME to recover after even one late night. Studies have shown that after even one late night, cortisol (the stress hormone that keeps us awake) is actually higher the 2nd day of the missed bedtime. Crazy right?! And after that cortisol peaks, it takes days for that stress cycle to run its course. So be patient, be consistent with sleep times and your little ones will feel better in a few days!