AFFIRMATIVE SLEEP TALK FOR KIDS – USING SLEEP TO MAKE YOUR KIDS STRONGER

As we all know sleep is essentially for us all and especially for children. But, did you ever consider the power sleep could have on a child’s self confidence?People have realized the immense power of positive affirmations planted during sleep could have on the attitude of a child. These case studies should be enough to spark your interest to give this a try and see what results you get.

When should you use affirmative sleep talk for kids?
Whenever the child has bed wetting problems, separation anxiety, speech or behavior issues. If your children receive complaints from school regarding homework, arguing, fighting. Sleep talk could be used in almost any situation where the child is affected, lacks in self confidence or has a behavior that is unwanted by the parent.

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How is this done?
Everything is rather simple. All that is needed are 5 minutes to be invested each night while the child is asleep. When you are certain the child is asleep, you should sit by him or her and start talking to them. Telling them how loved they are and that they can always depend on you for anything they need, is a great start.

You should never use negative words when doing this! Only positive words must be used so that the exercise works.

How much time should you be doing this?
5 minutes every night for at least 1 month should be enough to begin seeing very positive results. But you shouldn’t stop there! The affirmative sleep talk needs to be done regularly so that it sticks to the child’s mind and continues to provide results.

The sleep consultants from SleepTalk consider it’s best to use this approach until your child is 12 years old but you can decide this for yourself.

“Sleep Talk: A Breakthrough Technique for Helping Your Child Cope With Stress and Thrive Through Difficult Transitions” by Lois V. Haddad offers great insight into this field and has lots of examples that give you an idea of the best approach in your case.

Check the book here.

Some practical examples

Let’s say Robert has a little problem with fighting at school. You should say something like this:
“Robert knows that his parents love him greatly. He feels their love everyday. Robert is calm and likes all his classmates. Robert is a friendly boy.”

What we shouldn’t say:
“Robert doesn’t hit his colleagues.”

What if Jane is talking too fast? We just say:
“Jane feels loved by her parents and knows they listen to her every time. Jane always talks slowly.”

You can adapt this to any situation. The important thing is to keep with it for at least 30 days to see how it works. 30 days multiplied by 5 minutes means a 150 minute investment on your part as parents. Is 150 minutes too much per month for a change in our children’s lives? It shouldn’t be.

Will affirmative sleep talk work? Most likely yes if the 150 minutes monthly are invested. Children will begin acting “strange” and actually feel better about themselves.

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BEST SLEEPING POSITIONS {INFOGRAPHIC}

On a side, with the head tilted over the edge of the mattress, with the pillow over the head, completely under the blanket or without a blanket at all, it all depends on what makes you feel comfy and leads you to sleep. The room temperature is a great factor in all this as is the person you share your bed with.

  • the soldier position is prone to snoring and waking up with dry mouth
  • you get more oxygen when you sleep sitting but it fees uncomfortable and you can wake up with neck pain
  • a pillow between your knees makes  sleeping on a side way more comfier

 

 

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WHY YOU NEED MORE SLEEP {INFOGRAPHIC}

The average American spends 7.5 hours a night in bed, but actually sleep only 6.1. Week-ends are usually big culprits as most people tend to stay up late and sleep an extra couple of hours in the morning. This makes Mondays hard to come by and it equals less hours dedicated to sleep. A couple of weeks or even months of late nights sure didn’t kill anyone but when this turns into a lifestyle your body will take its own measures.

  • sleeping only 6 hours a night increases the chances of being overweight
  • a 20 minute nap is more effective than 200 mg of caffeine
  • when you sleep less than 4 hours your body will need 22% more calories
  • only 3% of the population has a gene that allows them do well with just 6 hours of sleep

Source: Medical Billing & Coding

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HOW THE WORLD SLEPT {INFOGRAPHIC}

Now we have the most comfortable mattresses and beds, not to mention lamps, aromatherapy diffusers, sleep trackers, white noise machines and many other random gadgets that improve the quality of our sleep. But sleep wasn’t always about plush mattresses and aromatherapy.
The infographic below presents the most important moments that contributed to the development of modern beds and mattresses.
  • Cavemen slept directly on the ground, using animal skins to protect themselves from the ice cold ground.
  • Romans used hay, wool or feather mattresses.
  • In 1865 Samuel P. Kittle invented the first coil spring mattress.
INFOGRAPHIC: How the World Slept
source: Astra Beds
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11 FACTS ABOUT SLEEP THAT MIGHT MAKE YOU SAY “AHH, I DIDN’T KNOW THAT!”

bedSleep on it, won’t you?

Your mother or grandmother already told you this, right? You know that if you have to consider between two or more difficult choices, you are better of making your decision after a good sleep. This is true mainly because while you sleep, your brain goes to work in putting the pieces together so that, in the morning, you usually feel you know exactly what needs to be done.

You didn’t know this, did you?

When ducks feel that they are at risk of being attacked, half their brain sleeps, while half is awake in case danger approaches.

What are you dreaming of?

It seems that men often dream of other men most of the time (about 70% of the time to be exact). As it turns out, women will dream of other women about half the time.

Did you just take a cat nap?

Did you know that you could be taking a cat nap without even knowing it? You could fall asleep with your eyes open and it would be very hard for someone else to notice you are not awake.

Is your rainbow black and white?

About 12% of us dream only in black and white! Why? Mainly because they are more used to black and white television, which was the norm before color television appeared.

What was that noise?

If you hear an unfamiliar noise within the first and last 2 hours of your sleep, your sleep will suffer even if you won’t be aware of that.

Are you married?

About 25% of married couples are sleeping in separate beds.

How much internet is too much?

It has become obvious that the internet is one of the biggest distractions when it comes to going to bed at night. “I’ll just stay another 15 minutes online and then go to bed!” and those 15 minutes turn in 2 hours. Does it ring a bell?

Which mammal sleeps less?

Stop trying to guess! It’s the giraffe which only needs 1.9 hours of sleep daily! Just imagine how many things we could do if we needed so little sleep!

Which mammal sleeps the most?

The brown bat needs 19.9 hours of sleep and yet there is another animal that sleeps more: the koala. The koala needs 22 hours of sleep! They don’t even have time to wake up properly as they are back in bed!

Can you remember last night’s dream?

I used to be bothered by the fact that I would rapidly forget what I dreamed. This was until I started writing it down right after I wake up. It seems that we usually forget half of what we dreamt within only 5 minutes after we wake up! And after 10 minutes we won’t remember more than 10% of our dream(s)! So, start writing!

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