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Jennifer Wolf

The Twelve Days of Christmas Sanity: Day 7

By December 19, 2010

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On the seventh day of Christmas,
I gave a gift to me:
Seven hours sleeping,
Six forum comrades,
Five "Thanks, but no thanks,"
Four helpful kids,
Three best friends,
Two great big hugs,
And an evening out just for me.

On average, how much sleep do you get per night? In all of my work with single moms and dads, I'd have to say that the one constant, across the board--whether you co-parent or not, whether your family is thriving, or whether you're struggling to get by--is that solo moms and dads tend to cut their own slumber short in order to get everything done. And I'm not talking about getting 6 or 7 hours of sleep instead of the recommended 8. Many single parents are getting by on five hours or less per night, consistently.

If this sounds like you, I'd encourage you to experiment with getting more sleep. It's a great way to be kind to yourself! And it's true that going to bed earlier is going to mean that some stuff just won't get done, but you have to ask yourself what kind of quality work you're doing at 2 a.m., anyway. Plus, you may find that with more sleep, you'll actually be able to work more quickly and efficiently during your waking hours. Read More...

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