Sleep. It’s a basic need for our brain but it’s one we often ignore. A tired brain doesn’t learn as well and a tired brain isn’t as mentally healthy. In fact, the cycle between sleep deprivation and mental illness is well-documented. Lack of sleep is a risk factor for depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. Mental illness also puts one at risk for sleep problems. And the cycle continues.
Furthermore, when we are tired, we often look to outside sources like caffeine or even more serious stimulants to maintain our energy level to get through our day.
Arguably, the first foundational habit we need to cultivate for ourselves and our children is good sleep. Good sleep sets us up to be at our best as parents and it sets our children up to learn all of the coping skills and information we want them to have for success!
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