Pep creates the right environment for sleep.
“My journal says I am still tired!” Pep lamented.
“Pep, my journal says I am tired too, and it seems to be correlated to the days like these when you tap on my head at 4am to chat.”
I asked Pep about his sleep habits. He said he usually catches up on emails with toy manufactures before going to sleep. “It is super easy, Sonia, I just snuggle under 3 electric blankets and check them from my phone while I am laying in bed!”
“Pep, let’s chat about sleep hygiene.”
I explained that sleep hygiene is about creating the proper conditions for sleep since sleep is critical for our health and well-being. I told Pep that the light from smartphones, tablets, and televisions interferes with our bodies natural signals to fall asleep. I recommended he aim to turn off all screens an hour before he goes to bed, and to make bed a place for sleep, not work. I also told Pep that he might consider shedding a few blankets too since cooler temperatures can lead to better sleep. We also worked to find a time that he can reasonably go to bed each night, and an equally reasonable time he can wake up each morning, even on the weekends. Sticking to a regular sleep schedule, even on the weekends, can improve the quality of our sleep!