This was how I spent my first week in New Jersey… extremely sick! I had a fever for a few days before finally heading to the hospital.
Prior to my move up north, I was getting about 3 hours of sleep a night. Packing and work were keeping me busy and I was falling WAY behind on sleep.
Had I allowed myself enough sleep, I could have prevented getting so sick. I’ve read Thrive and am currently reading The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington.
I know the importance of a good night’s sleep- how it plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions. And started wondering, if sleep affects learning, what should we be doing for our preschoolers to ensure academic success?
This led to Preschool Readers Educational Expert Series interview withShari Mezrah, The Sleep Mom.
Name of your business: Shari Mezrah, The Sleep Mom (BabyTIME, LLC)
What services do you provide and who do you serve: I am a Family Sleep and Schedule Specialist. I work with Expectant Parents and Parents of toddlers and elementary school age children helping them to get their children on schedule, and independently sleeping through the night. In addition to schedules for feedings, naps and wake times, I provide successful techniques for soothing and stimulating, making transitions and mapping out plans for caregivers, among many other challenges parents face. I have a private practice here in Tampa where I meet with my clients or also do phone sessions with out of town clients. I meet only with the parents and work through the sleep and schedule challenges.
When and why should a parent work with you: Ideally, my goal is to educate and work with expectant parents, however, it's never too late to start!
Should preschoolers take a nap: Every preschooler should have a designated rest time in the afternoon. When your preschooler reaches around 4-5 years old, they will be losing the nap...but rest time is always a good choice.
What can a parent do when their preschool doesn’t want to go to bed? Should parents implement a bedtime routine: Yes!!!! Wind down time is very important. Approximately one hour before bedtime, limit activity and also create special family time. Never tell a pre-schooler to "go to bed". It sounds like a command and can cause anxiety in children. Soften the situation by saying its "rest, rest time" and not making it a big deal.
How many hours of sleep should a preschooler get: Keep in mind that every child is different. However, here is how sleep breaks down according to age.
11 to 14 hours including naps for children aged 1- to 2 years.
10 to 13 hours including naps for children aged 3 to 5 years.
What books do you recommend:
The Bear Hunt
Eric Carle's Books
Any counting or word books that have repetition and word recall and visual imagery.
You wrote a book called, The Baby Sleeps Tonight. Can you tell me a little bit about it and share with me where parents can get it: The Baby Sleeps Tonight teaches anyone, no matter how sleep deprived, how to create order and predictable happiness by getting baby to sleep through the night. I help parents regain control over their lives by guiding them from pre-birth through the toddler years with a plan to ensure that the whole family sleeps through the night. You can find the book at any bookstore or through Amazon.
How doesa preschoolers sleep affect their learning process: Sleep is one of our body's most important functions. Regular high-quality sleep has wonderful effects on overall health and well-being. Sleep will also affect brain growth and strengthen the immune system.
I suggest printing it out, hanging it up and aiming to complete it with your preschooler before summer ends (maybe your preschooler can earn a special treat once their Summer Reading Bucket List is complete)!
Happy reading, Lisa
PS Check out the FUN our Preschool Readers students are having this summer with Ms. Ashton and Ms. Michelle!