Dreamy August. Sleep solutions for the school year

Dear Reader,

Happy August!

This month our newsletter is dedicated to helping you create self-care moments so that you can be fully present. We will also share tips on transitioning our kids' sleep routines to prepare them for the new school year.

Each month, we'll take turns appearing as the Editor, providing you with specialist knowledge, different perspectives, and of course... our unique personalities, albeit with a united voice promoting women's sleep health and wellness.

This Month's Editor: Funke Afolabi-Brown, MD

As a triple board-certified physician, pediatric sleep expert, wife, mom of two, and entrepreneur, I know what "busy" feels like. When people ask how I do it all, I respond, "I don't." I continue to work on the art of delegation, embracing imperfection, and creating self-care moments.

For many of us as busy women, we may find ourselves with so much more to do in the summer. School is out, and the kids are off, yet we are not!!

Whether it's shuttling them to different camps or planning a much-deserved family getaway, it could be a lot. It could feel overwhelming. You may feel like you need a vacation from the vacation!

As a board-certified sleep physician with expertise in pediatric sleep (learn more about me here), I notice a recurring theme with my patients’ moms. Moms put everyone else before themselves and are constantly drained and exhausted. This is why my practice approaches sleep care holistically; I focus on sleep for the parents and their children. This has been a game changer in my practice as parents feel heard. Rather than providing unrealistic instructions on what they should do, we collaboratively develop a sleep plan that works for each family.

As summer winds down to a close and the new school year starts, I am offering a free master class on how to get our kids' sleep back on track for the new school year! This event will be packed with information to prepare your kids for restful sleep and success in the upcoming year.

To learn more about RestfulSleepMD, visit our website and follow us on Instagram @restfulsleepmd.

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Here’s a friendly reminder to take time for yourself.

Remember, you can’t pour out of an empty cup.

Self-care is not selfish, and it’s when we attend to our needs as moms and caregivers that we can be the best version of ourselves to those around us.

This is why a well-rested woman can change the world!

Summer can be much more fast-paced than we would like, and it requires intentionally slowing down to be and enjoy the moments fully.

You don’t have to wait for those special spa days or luxury resort weeks to get in some self-care. You can find ways to create self-care moments even amid your super busy summer days.

Some examples of my favorite ways of creating self-care moments are

  • Create a calm and relaxing wind-down routine before bed
  • Taking items off your todo list and learning to delegate
  • Practicing gratitude
  • Spending time journaling
  • Taking some short power naps during the day
  • Going out for a morning walk in nature
  • Ensuring you get enough sleep. As far as I’m concerned, this is the ultimate form of self-care

Monthly Q&A

This month's pick: How do I transition my child from the summer sleep schedule to prepare them for school in the fall?

As summer comes to a close, one of the essential things we need to tackle is helping our kids transition their bedtime and wake-up time from the relaxed summer schedule to a more structured routine that sets them up for success in school!

Here are some super helpful tips to make this transition smooth and easy for your kids

  • Start early: instead of making sudden shifts, try adjusting their bedtime and wake-up time.
  • Tech Time-Out: We know how tempting screens can be, but try to limit their screen time to at least an hour before bedtime.
  • Wind-Down Routine: This signals their brains that it's time to wind down and get ready for sleep.
  • Morning light exposure: This helps reset their internal clock and boosts their energy to start the day.
  • Weekend Consistency: Try to maintain their sleep schedule even on weekends. This makes it easier for them to wake up on Monday mornings and avoid the "Monday blues.
  • Limit caffeine and other stimulants.

I will delve into more details on implementing easy summer-to-school schedule transitions in my upcoming free kids' sleep masterclass.

Please feel free to forward the link to your mom friends and have a smooth transition into the school year with confidence and enthusiasm.

Wishing you and your kids a wonderful rest of the summer and school year!

Yours Restfully,

Dr. Funke Afolabi-Brown, Board Certified Sleep Medicine Physician. Founder of RestfulSleepMD

From The Women Who Love Sleep

What's in my sleep kit?

As a side sleeper, I find that the type of pillow I use is fundamental to the kind of night I have. One of my most recent favorite pillows is from a company called Twilla. They have these fantastic customizable pillows with superior comfort and are made from hybrid materials. There are removable position pods that can help you change the pillow’s shape and size to suit your sleep position best.

The link to their website is here. Use this link and include the discount code RestfulSleep for a 15% discount.

What's in your sleep kit?


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