Join us for Sleep Awareness Week®: Sleep expert AMAs, giveaways, and moreUpdated Aug 11, 2022
Helping families improve their sleep health is something we obsess over year-round at Huckleberry, so when we found out there is a whole week dedicated to educating people about better sleep, we knew we had to go big. The National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep Awareness Week® kicks off this Sunday and Huckleberry is proud to be a sponsor this year.
Any sleep-deprived parent knows how precious sleep is, but it’s not only vital for babies and children.
Research shows that sleep deprivation affects all aspects of our lives, including our mental health. The less you sleep, the higher your risk of depression, anxiety, and stress, for example. In our own small study, backed by the Harvard Center on the Developing Child, we found the majority of participants who used a plan to improve their child’s sleep also saw an improvement in their own mental well-being — often enough to move out of non-normal levels of anxiety and depression.
We also recently found parents of children from ages 0 - 5 years share a common issue. In a questionnaire featuring 48,000 Huckleberry users, we examined sleep priorities and challenges among parents of infants, newborns, toddlers, and preschool-aged children. While the reason for sleep issues change, all parents seem to agree that night wakings are the worst.
In fact, when it comes to sleep challenges, night wakings are the #1 concern for parents of 0 - 2 year olds. Although an easier bedtime becomes the main issue parents of preschoolers hope to overcome, 22% still report their child waking up every 30 minutes to 4 hours at night. And nearly half (46%) of parents say their preschooler has a newly occurring sleep issue.
Those not living these struggles may picture a tired, disheveled parent holding a crying potato baby in the middle of the night, but the reality is that parents experience sleep issues well up to kindergarten. So whether you're struggling to find a bedtime routine, figure out nap transitions, or power through a sleep regression, know that you're definitely not alone.
In honor of Sleep Awareness Week®, happening March 13-19, we've teamed up with some of Huckleberry's top sleep experts to help your family achieve better rest. We’ll also be giving some free memberships away, so be sure to stay tuned by following us on Instagram @huckleberrycare. And follow along with @sleepfoundation on social media this week for general sleep tips and advice.
Here are some of the fun things we have planned this week:
Note: The content on this site is for informational purposes only and should not replace medical advice from your doctor, pediatrician, or medical professional. If you have questions or concerns, you should contact a medical professional.