CONSCIOUSLY PARENTING ACADEMY’S SLEEP COURSE:
A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON ONE OF OUR BASIC PYSIOLOGICAL NEEDS AND WAYS TO HELP OUR OWN FAMILIES GET MORE SLEEP
While parents may disagree about many things when it comes to raising their children, one thing we can all agree on is the importance of a healthy amount of sleep to keep our families functioning at an optimum level of health. With a healthy amount of sleep, our families can grow, work, play and face the challenges that life inevitably throws our way. Yet without adequate sleep, families find themselves suffering from low energy, reoccurring illnesses, and host of behavior issues (both ours and our children’s!)
According to recent studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three American’s does not get enough sleep. Our generation and that of our children face new pressures and overwhelming options when it comes to diversions from sleep. With the amount of conflicting information available about the best way to help your children meet their needs for sleep from birth to the teen years, it is easy to be overwhelmed or feel powerless to have a greater influence on our family’s health in this areas.
Yet in this course, consisting of three informative, insightful and inspiring conversations with experts in the fields of psychology, physiology, and maternal and child health, the Conscious Parenting Academy brings you the latest in scientific information around our needs for sleep and ways to meet our family’s needs. Through the materials in The Conscious Parenting Academy’s Sleep Course, you will find motivation to change your perspective around sleep needs and practical ways to address sleep issues you may be experiencing in your family and simple strategies that you can use in your family to develop a healthier relationship with sleep. With a little investment of your time and the material in this course, you will soon be on your way to a healthier, more rested family.
SLEEP COURSE 1: GENTLE WAYS TO HELP YOUR CHILD SLEEP BETTER (1hr 15min)
In Gentle Ways to Help Your Child Sleep Better, Rebecca and Mar Oscategui, founder of the International Maternity and Parenting Institute, invite listeners to change their families sleep struggles by changing their perspective. In just over an hour, you will gain support to let go of beliefs, expectations and practices around sleep that are not working for your family. Learn how to re-frame your child(ren)’s sleep issues; how to understand and respect biological sleep patterns; and hear answers to some common sleep-related questions from parents struggling to meet their family’s needs for healthy sleep. You can learn some surprising things that might be affecting your child’s sleep and find inspiration to develop a new awareness, cultivate curiosity, listen to your inner voice and create new practices around sleep that work for your unique family.
With a fresh perspective based in scientific evidence, a deep respect for families and a holistic view of sleep issues, Mar and Rebecca provide insight, inspiration and practical advice for parents experiencing difficulties around sleep with children of all ages.
SLEEP COURSE 2: PULLING BACK THE COVERS: THE TRUTH BEHIND OUR CHILDREN’S (AND OUR) SLEEP NEEDS 56 min
In this course with Psychologist Tracy Cassels you will learn the importance of early responsiveness to young children and how mainstream-western culture often promotes non-responsiveness and discourages nurturing children at night. You will learn the definition of responsiveness and how what responsiveness looks like will change based on individual situations. You will learn what is biologically normal for a child when it comes to their sleep needs and begin to understand our true needs for sleep based on sleep cycles for both children and adults. You will learn why proximity to caregivers is so important for infants, not just for their development, but often for their very survival. You will learn how recent research contradicts some ideas around sleep long considered as fact. You will receive insight and encouragement to see sleep issues, not as an isolated problem, but as a symptom of a related issue and how that can change your perspective and help you be more empathetic to your children (when they wake you up in the middle of the night!). And finally, you will gain a host of scientific information to support your values if you find yourself confronted with judgments on how you approach sleep in your family.
So set aside a little over an hour, if you can, to join us in this enlightening conversation and to gain a new perspective on sleep and learn more about how to best meet your family’s needs for sleep.
SLEEP COURSE 3: PARENTS NEED SLEEP TOO (COURSE + GUIDED MEDITATION) 1hr 21 min
Physiotherapist and movement teacher Mary Houston, Mary describes how, after the birth of her spirited son, she experienced chronic sleep deprivation and how that experience colored her days with fear and a constant desire for rest. She explains how finally, after three years of searching, she discovered a simple practice that changed her life in ways she hadn’t imagined possible. This transformative experience came in the form of iRest Yoga Nidra, a therapeutic form of Yoga Nidra, or Yogic Sleep, a guided-meditation that when practiced regularly, results in numerous positive mental, physical and emotional health benefits. In this exciting and inspirational conversation, Mary explains what iRest Yoga Nidra is, emphasizes how it takes little effort other than simply listening to a meditation at bedtime each night, details the basic components of an iRest Yoga Nidra meditation, and describes specific health benefits for adults and children. Through this conversation, and her work, Mary shares her deep knowledge and understanding of sleep needs and encourages parents to learn more about the therapeutic benefits of iRest Yoga Nidra and commit to a practice that can transform their lives in positive ways – leading to less irritability, less emotional reactivity, more emotional resilience and better physical health – in just 15 to 20 minutes a day.
ADDITIONAL BONUS MATERIALS
In the bonus materials for the course, you will be able to read interviews with professionals in the fields of psychology, physiology and sleep, in addition to parents like you, sharing information on challenges they have faced, their greatest accomplishments and a few practical tips that work in their families .