Sleep is essential to the entire family’s health and well-being. At Zarbee’s®, we’re committed to helping babies, children, and adults get the kind of healthy, restorative sleep that supports so many physical and mental functions.*
To help parents establish healthy sleep routines for their babies, suggest these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):
- Look for signs that your baby might be getting sleepy so you can put them to bed before they’re overtired. Being overtired can make it harder for them to settle down.
- By putting your baby to bed when they’re drowsy but still awake, you can help them learn to fall asleep on their own.
- Try to keep your baby calm and quiet during nighttime feedings or diaper changes.
Research shows that a consistent bedtime routine can improve sleep outcomes, including sleep onset latency, the frequency and duration of nighttime awakenings, and sleep consolidation1
- Counsel parents of infants to implement a 3-part bedtime routine they can maintain consistently, such as a bath, a massage, and a lullaby.
- Research indicates that infant massage can reduce irritability and improve sleep outcomes.2 Consider recommending Zarbee’s® Baby Calming Massaging Balm or Oil.
- Zarbee’s® Baby Calming products are made with lavender and chamomile scents, which can help babies fall asleep.
At every age and stage, children go through changes that can affect their sleep. Consider these opportunities to probe for sleep disruptions in toddlers and older children:
- Eliminating naps
- Onset of puberty
- Circadian rhythm shift in older adolescents
- Transitioning back to school after vacation
- Intensification of extracurricular activities
- Daylight Saving Time
- Arrival of a new sibling
- Changing schools
- Divorce or remarriage
Good sleep hygiene is the foundation of any healthy sleep plan3
Counsel parents to establish these habits in order to help promote a good night’s sleep for their children:
- Keep the same bedtime and wake-up time every day
- No screen time 1 to 2 hours before bedtime
- Avoid caffeine
While sleep hygiene plays an important role in addressing occasional sleep disruptions, an age-appropriate dose of melatonin can also help restore a regular sleep cycle as part of a holistic sleep plan4,5
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than a third of American adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis6
Adults need 7 or more hours of sleep per night for the best health and well-being.7 Counsel your patients to get better sleep with these tips from the CDC:
- Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends
- Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature
- Keep TVs, computers, and smartphones out of the bedroom
- Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime
- Get some exercise—being physically active during the day can help you fall asleep more easily at night