Story by: Lynne Choate on July 1, 2016
Fireworks or sleep, fireworks or sleep … that is the question many of us will be asking ourselves as Monday night’s Fourth of July festivities get started.
Don’t get me wrong — I love a beautiful fireworks display and am spoiled by our city’s Thunder Over Louisville extravaganza each April. But come 8:30 or 9 p.m., my 2-year-old needs to be in bed getting his recommended hours of sleep.
So what’s a mother to do when the fireworks start lighting up the night sky (and the noises potentially wake the sleeping beast)? I turned to an expert for some sound advice and a little dose of reality.
“In all honesty there’s not much you can do,” said David H. Winslow, M.D., physician with Chest Medicine Associates & Sleep Medicine Specialists. “As much as I’d like to provide you with a magic solution, there just isn’t one.”
Dr. Winslow does offer a few tips for surviving the weekend celebrations:
Dr. Winslow strongly advises against giving any unnecessary medication or sleep aid, especially to children.
“It’s just a bad idea all around and is a very unsafe practice,” Dr. Winslow said. “Grab a blanket, sit on the front lawn and watch your neighbors’ money go up in smoke since they bought the fireworks and you didn’t.”
We hope this helps and best of luck to you and your family as we celebrate our nation’s Independence Day.