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Effects of Sleep Deprivation
Effects of Sleep Deprivation

Good sleep is a must for both kids and adults for many reasons. Lack of sleep can lead to so many issues which can be avoided with good sleep every night. Toddlers are most affected by sleep deprivation…..keep reading to understand some of these effects.

Effects of Sleep Deprivation

Lack of sleep for a toddler can lead to problems in healthy growth. If sleep is not a good quality of sleep or there is not enough of it then growth hormones will not work perfectly and healthy growth and development will not occur.

Sleep Deprivation Effects

If toddler is not getting proper sleep at night then it will affect the stimulation of growth hormones. Growth hormones co – ordinates and stimulate the growth of the whole body at the time of sleeping. Muscles, bones and nerves may all be affected.

Sleep deprivation can also have a negative effect on body weight. It can lead to weight loss or weight gain which is not healthy.

Child Sleep Deprivation

Whilst it’s normal for toddlers to experience sleeping issues, there are ‘normal’ sleep problems as well as issues that are not normal. Sleep is just as important as a healthy diet for young children so if your child is experiencing sleep problems then it’s important to seek help. It might be only a small change that needs to happen for your child to experience much better quality sleep or there might be a few changes that need to be made. Whatever the issues is our team at Sleep Consulting by Sleepy Starz can definitely help. We are a team of sleep professionals and work with families to ensure healthy sleep habits develop. For more information go to www.sleepystarz.com

What I Was Never Told About Being a Father of 2 Daughters
What I Was Never Told About Being a Father of 2 Daughters

Within seconds of Emily announcing her first positive pregnancy test back in 2008 my mind turned to which brand of cricket bat I should invest in, and whether my growing boy would prefer to play for the Wallabies or Kangaroos. You can probably imagine my surprise when daughter Amber arrived just eight short months later. Subsequently, everything in my household began to turn a lighter shade of pink, and I became immersed in tea parties and dress ups (although I quite enjoy the odd tea party from time to time).

father of two daughters

The ensuingcouple of years after Amberwas born were extremely tough as my wife and I navigated ongoing toddler sleeping issues andsuffered severe sleep deprivation. But despite a rough ride early on,we’re now parents to two gorgeous young girls that continually furnish our lives with fun and laughter.

Having daughters is one of the greatest joys I could imagine, although it’s fair to say that as the only male in a family of four, I certainly haven’t got them all figured out. I thought I would fill you in on a few things I’ve learnt about being the father to two beautiful girls.

two daughters

There should be a degree in tying ponytails
My girls will (hopefully) tell you that dad can fashion a killer ponytail nowadays, and even a plait or two on occasion. Though, somebody neglected to inform me at the outset how difficult this task could be! Admittedly, Emily does the lion’s share of hair management, but on the odd time she was pre-disposed I was left floundering with brush and bobble in hand. It took some time, and tears (not mine), but I am happy to say I’ve now nailed it!

Painted nails take an age to remove
Young girls seem to love to paint toenails and fingernails.Mine are no different. Oneoccasion Irelented, allowing them to unleash their artistry on my fingers. That was before I realized how long it took to remove nail polish (in absence of polish remover!) which provided great source of ammunition for my male friends.

daughterGirls are easier
I never thought I’d admit this, but I am convinced girls are easier to manage than boys. Clearly,my only basis for comparisonis friends with boys, and the familiar cry ‘wait until she is ateenager’ is already ringing in my ears’. But aside from the sleep issues we encountered in the early years (which I don’t believe is gender specific),our girls have beenpretty easy going. You always know what colour clothes they want to wear (it’s pink), and you don’t need to worry about pointing the pipework down while unfastening a nappy for fear of a ‘hose down’.

daughter

Nobody told me how quickly they would pay attention to boys
Perhaps naively, I thought it was boys who would be the romantic aggressors and that my girls would have limited interest in the opposite sex for several years. I couldn’t have been more wrong. It really is true that girls begin planning their weddings even when they are toddlers! At the outset, the ‘boy’ of choice was me…“I’m going to marry Daddy”. Cute. I was soon crushed when the little boy from day care with the attractive curls replaced me as the boy of her dreams!

The final thing no one told me about my female dominated family is perhaps the most noteworthy. When Emily and I started raising a family way back in 2008 I had no idea that living solely with girls would immediately turn me into a feminist!

 

 

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