Megan Copeland is a certified sleep consultant and the founder of SlumberFeed, a company she founded to help tired parents and kids figure out how to improve sleep for their kids. Sleep brings your child a wide range of physical and mental benefits. From birth onwards, your child’s wellbeing depends on them getting enough sleep for their age and activity levels. Your body uses sleep as a time to repair itself. Lack of sleep has serious negative consequences for your child. Some of these include unhealthy weight gain with hungrier kids drawn to high-calorie foods. It also makes them more prone to bad moods, accidents and bad judgement due to trouble regulating their emotions when kids are overtired. They suffer from trouble in school, because memory development slows and makes it more difficult for kids to recall what they’ve learned. Improve your kid’s sleep when it comes to their bedtime, and in return, that can positively impact your kid’s overall behaviour and performance.
Further, If your kids don’t sleep, you as parents don’t sleep – you make unhealthy food choices reaching for options with higher fat and sugar contents. You find it hard to gather the energy required to properly manage your busy life between work, home and kids… And less sleep supresses your immune system, so you are 3 times – more likely to catch a cold.
Megan is a mother of 2 toddlers. She has a Bachelor in Elementary Education, a Masters of Science in Nursing from Rush University. She is a Registered Nurse and a Professional Educator Certified School Nurse. She has spent more than a decade as a teacher, an ICU nurse, a School nurse, a certified sleep consultant and now an entrepreneur.
In this episode, we talk about the dangers of not getting enough sleep and what parents can do to help improve your kid’s sleep and develop healthy sleep patterns.
Resources & Links
SlumberFeed, Megan Copeland
IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP FOR KIDS, John Hopkins Medicine