As a mom of two little boys I have to admit, I’M TIRED! They keep me on my toes from morning till night and although I love them to pieces, I really look forward to their bedtime. At our home, their bedtime equals time to unwind and enjoy some of that elusive “me time”, so I often wonder how I can help my kids to fall asleep faster and sleep better…

…Overall, my boys are good sleepers  and we’ve  been spoiled. I’ve even been caught bragging about how well they sleep (I know, send me a nasty email later)… Well, this week that bragging has come to bite me in the butt. My “good sleepers” have been waking up a few times a night  and in turn, disturbing my dreams about the beautiful clouds over the beaches of Mexico. YAWN!  So when one of my favorite sites, MindBodyGreen posted about a nutrient that helps kids sleep I held open my tired, sleep deprived, eyes and had a read. Here is the little tip that I found and I had to share:

An Oxford University study published in the Journal of Sleep Research showed that by raising the levels of DHA (more commonly known as omega-3) in children, they not only had fewer night wakings and enjoyed a better quality of sleep but some experienced an increase in sleep duration by nearly one hour. Eureka!  A whole hour of extra sleep?  Sign me up!

So how in the world do I get get more DHA into my kids so I can also get more sleep?

Here is a helpful shopping list of foods high in omega-3 fatty acids that will help your kids sleep:

  • Salmon
  • Walnuts
  • Edamame
  • Kale chips
  • Peanut Butter (obviously, only if you or your kiddos don’t have peanut allergies)
  • Fortified Eggs,  Milk, yogurt  and Juice

Here’s to getting them to actually eat salmon and to us getting more ZZZZZZZ.

Sleep tight!