Sleep Training: Worth Every Cent

Why hiring a sleep consultant is the best gift you could give your child

For some parents, the idea of hiring a sleep consultant to help them train their infant or young child to sleep well through the night might seem unnecessary or a luxury. The idea of paying $400 and hiring an expert to design a sleep training program for a little child at first might seem pricey. However, looking at the big picture sheds a different light on the service, and shows it’s actually a great bargain.

First, it’s important to consider the costs and dangers associated with a lack of sleep for you and your child. Sleep deprivation has been associated with affecting cognitive function – you and your child will literally not be thinking clearly if you aren’t getting your sleep. This might mean your child has a harder time succeeding in school and learning. Brain studies show that lack of sleep makes us more forgetful, and has a real impact on our brain function – this means learning and focusing becomes harder. Parents know educational success is essential, and will pay for tutors, summer camps and the best preschools if they feel it will help their child reach their potential. All of these services can cost thousands of dollars a year – an astronomical amount compared to the several hundred dollars that could get their child a restful full night’s sleep every night. Sleep training is relatively cheap in comparison and is necessary to help a child learn and focus throughout the day.

Next, think about your health and your child’s health. A lack of sleep makes it more likely for you both to fall ill. Illness is a disaster for your child’s happiness and well-being, as well as success in school. For you, it means missing out on work and the financial costs that come with illness. Statistics show that the average American worker misses the equivalent of 11 days of work due to sleeplessness (and many of these employees don’t have small kids!)These illnesses might seem trivial when one considers the long term effects of sleep deprivation – studies show not getting enough rest leads to an increase in likelihood of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke later in life. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have found that lack of sleep can actually kill brain cells and is bad for brain development – something little kids can’t afford. Both of you need to sleep – your body depends upon it! For little kids, sleep deprivation has also been linked to reduced production of human growth hormone – this is not something any child can afford. Researchers have also linked poor sleep to an increased likelihood of obesity! Look at sleep training as preventative medicine, and far less expensive then illness, which results in missed work, doctor’s visits, medications and missing school. The financial and emotional costs that come with illness aren’t worth it.

Then consider the mental costs of not getting enough sleep. Your child is more likely to be cranky and unhappy. Studies show that a lack of sleep has a massive impact on our mental health and happiness. Studies show people who sleep poorly are more likely to be depressed – sleeping less than 6 hours nightly has been correlated with depression and anxiety. Don’t you owe it to yourself, your child and your partner to feel rested and happy? A parent who has feelings of depression or anxiety cannot possibly be at their best for those that rely upon them. To be the best parent or spouse that you can be, you need sleep. Some parents tell me that when they and their little ones don’t sleep, that their relationship with their spouse or partner pays the price. Lack of sleep makes everyone more irritable, and this leads to discord. On a not totally unrelated note, and something worth considering, is that less sleep has been shown to reduce libido – but that’s a subject for another article!

So we’ve established that you and your family need your sleep. Is the $400 price tag for sleep training worth that? Before disregarding it as a possibility, consider the following: Is your child’s health worth it? Is your health worth it? What about your marriage? Your child’s educational success? I’m sure that all of these things are invaluable to you – you would say that each of them alone is worth everything. All of a sudden, a few hundred dollars for a plan and peace of mind seems like pocket change. The alternative, and the emotional, physical and financial costs that come with it, is unthinkable.

Sleep training is an investment in your family’s future. A sleep consultation includes a specific sleep plan designed specifically for your child, five phone consultations with the sleep consultant, as well as unlimited email support for two weeks. Consider sleep training with a certified infant sleep consultant the best gift you can give your child, not to mention yourself. You both deserve it.

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Resources:

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/10-results-sleep-loss#1

http://healthland.time.com/2011/09/01/the-high-cost-of-bad-sleep-63-billion-per-year/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/high-octane-women/201407/10-frightening-costs-sleep-los