Parents. Single parents. Full-time workers.
Babysitters. Wanderlusters. College students.
I take “thank you” notes in the form of chocolate and Hot Tamales.
If you follow me on Instagram, you already know I’m the proud titi of Hoodie Melo, aka my cute, chunky monkey nephew. [insert awws here] In a couple of days, he’s turning one but there’s one thing that’s BUGGING me about parenthood:
WHEN THE HECK DO YOU SLEEP?
Parenting sounds fun and all, but from the looks of it, most parents are looking for the Krabby Patty Secret Formula when it comes to sleep schedules.
Thankfully, PhD and sleep researcher, Polly Moore has the answer. In her GENIUS book, based around the 90 Minute Baby Sleep Program,Moore explains how she created the N.A.P.S program after recognizing the Basic Rest and Activity Cycle (BRAC) for her daughter. She noted that people (not only babies) go through 90 minute cycles of REM and non-REM rest.
Here’s her masterplan:
• Note the time the baby wakes up.
• Add 90 minutes.
• Play, feed, or do other things.
• Soothe the baby back to sleep when the 90 minutes are up.
Now you might be thinking, “It’s totally unrealistic for my baby to nap every 90 minutes, come on now!”
Moore answered these kinds of second guessers by explaining that her plan works in 90 minute increments. So if you (or your child) aren’t tired enough to nap in the first set of 90 minute increments- take note of the next time you start getting tired. 9 times out of 10, you’re close to a multuple of around 90 minutes from when you first went to bed.
So whether you’re the sleeper or the one putting the baby to sleep- we can all agree on one thing: That groggy feeling sucks.
And the worst thing we can do is interrupt our sleep cycle because we’re all over the place. If you’re a new mom or just a really tired college student- be sure to get the book and rest easy.