The back to school season can be one that is a hectic time for many of us. We find that we end up stressing out more when the new year starts, trying to get schedules in place and trying to make sure that with those schedules we can all make it work and get back into the swing of things. I have always found that the first few weeks of the new school year come with a lot of sleepless nights. Where we toss and turn, trying to get everyone back on a school sleep schedule and trying to remember the things that we need to do the next day.
I find myself guilty of the tossing and turning and when I look over at my husband come 2 am and see him doing the same thing, I start to think of the fact that maybe it is not our schedules that is keeping me awake, but our bed. I mean, when I really look at the facts behind my sleepless nights, I find that well, I have been tossing and turning even during our more laid back summer months. Leaving me with the fact that maybe it is my bed that is causing the issues when it comes to sleep.
This comes from not only the tossing and turning at night, but also with those facts that when I am tossing around I find that I am trying to get comfortable, and that when my husband and I wake up in the mornings we are both waking up not feeling rested, but exhausted and just taking it as it is. Leaving me with the reality that the reason why we wake up unrested and even having aches and pains in the mornings, is because our bed is not the bed for us and is the cause of our sleepless nights.
Sleepless nights and the tossing and turning is something that many of us face, but it is also something that can be fixed by just getting a different bed to sleep on. And with the new school year just a couple of weeks away, I am thinking that now is the best time to make that choice.
So to get myself and my family on the right track when it comes to those school schedules and sleep, I find that first, we start by getting everyone to bed at the same time. We do this by having everyone fed, bathed, teeth brushed, pajamas on and everyone in their beds by 8 pm, every night. Once we have the kids in bed, we allow our eldest to read quietly in her room until 9 pm, then we also take turns reading to our youngest kids, making lights out by 9 pm.
Another thing that I have realized is also very important is ensuring that everyone, including the kids, have a mattress that is comfortable and that can help with reducing that tossing and turning. For the kids, we bought them new mattress’s when we made our move to Washington at the beginning of the summer. But for myself and my husband, we have decided that when we make our mattress upgrade, we will do it with a Sealy Posturepedic.
After researching the brands available, we found that with the Sealy Posturepedic Premier Hybrid, we can have a mattress that will give us the extra core support we need. We can get not only a mattress with springs to give us the support we need, but also one that will give us the body conforming comfort from the memory foam that is on the top! I also like that the memory foam has cooling gel, which is something that I think both myself and my husband will benefit from, along with all of the other amazing features! In all, helping us to start our new school year off right when it comes to sleep by getting back into the school sleep schedules and changing out our mattress for a Sealy Posturepedic Premier Hybrid!
Here are some great survey results along with tips on how to improve sleep in your home!
Topline Parent Survey Stats Sealy® commissioned a survey of 1,000 moms and dads across the U.S. and found the following results:
- Almost all parents (81 percent) believe their kids are getting enough quality sleep.
- Nearly half of parents – 46 percent – say the number of hours of sleep has the most impact on quality sleep.
- More than one in ten parents (13 percent) say the quality of the mattress has the biggest impact on quality sleep.
- More than two thirds (68 percent) of parents say adjusting the sleep schedule so it’s early to bed and early to rise is the biggest challenge to re-establishing a back to school routine.
- Most parents are taking at least a week or two to establish a new sleep routine as they head into the back to school season. More than a third (39 percent) start a couple of weeks before school starts, while nearly as many (32 percent) start a week before school begins.
- Forty four percent of parents have their kids eat a healthy breakfast as part of establishing new back to school routines.
- Forty percent of parents say they try to limit their kids’ screen time later in the day to help with the back to school sleep routine.
Tips on how to help American families get Back to School and Back to Sleep:
As families prepare to send their children back to school, UNC School of Medicine’s Sleep Science Program has provided seven tips to help families transition from those last few moments of summertime fun to a productive, cohesive family sleep schedule.
- Bedtime Shift – Starting a week or two before school starts, determine the number of hours your child’s bedtime needs to shift and gradually advance the bedtime and wake time to the appropriate time (by no more than 30 minutes per day).
- Night Owls No More – No late bedtimes. The recommended number of hours of sleep differs for each age group. According to the National Sleep Foundation, school age (5-10 years) should get 10-11 hours and teens (11-17 years) should get 8.5-9.5 hours.
- Boycott Late-Night Electronics: Turning off electronics in the evening two to three hours before bedtime is a good rule of thumb. Any type of electronic device that emits blue light or revs up brain activity counteracts the body’s natural transition to sleep.
- The Mattress Matters – To help ensure a comfortable night’s sleep, invest in a mattress that is engineered to fully support the back and align the body.
- Break up with Snooze – Don’t allow your child to sleep in. Keep wake times consistent across both school days and weekends.
- The Breakfast Benefit – Make breakfast a priority and serve it at a consistent time each morning. Not only will kids be energized for the day, but a nutritious start helps them learn more effectively.
- Take Your Cue – There are external cues that help synchronize our sleep/wake rhythm. The sun is by far the most powerful environmental cue, which can be used to help us orient to our desired routine.
- Have your child get sunshine in the morning soon after waking.
Product received, thank you to Sealy as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.