How Working Parents Can Prioritize Sleep

by Amie M. Gordon and Christopher M. Barnes

Quick Takes

  • Set a consistent sleep routine—and stick to it
  • Limit blue light and keep screens out of your bedroom
  • Avoid talking about serious matters before bed
  • Make the most of your family’s sleeping schedules
  • Shape your work schedule around your family
  • Don’t stress about a bad night’s sleep

When you’re juggling a job, kids, and all the details of everyday life, sleep feels like a luxury you can afford later, when your kids are grown. Instead of sleeping, parents use those precious few moments they have at the end of the day to catch up on work or take some much-needed “me time.” But the problems that come with not getting enough sleep won’t simply step ...

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