If you are a parent, you probably have experienced woes of a night’s sleep routine with your children. Many parents struggle with getting their kids to bed and then creating a sleep routine. Read more to know 5 ways to help your child sleep better
Why is sleep crucial for children?
Did you know when your children do not get enough sleep, they have a harder time controlling their emotions? Some children may develop anger management, concentration, weight issues, and behavior issues.
Symptoms of sleep deprivation in children
- Moodiness and irritability
- Temper outbursts
- out of control tantrums
- The inclination to ‘explode’ at the most trivial incitement.
- Being overly active
- Daytime naps
- Constant yawning
- Drooping eyelids
- Feeling of weakness, not able to think and walk clearly
- Hesitation in getting out of bed in the morning.
5 reasons why your child is not sleeping in a routine
and how to tackle them!
Children usually stay awake for a long period of time. From waking up early morning to having an active day, kids stay super active all day.
They may get tired by 6-7 pm, but as parents, we usually assume that if we put the child to sleep now, they won’t be, able to sleep through the night.
Solution – The solution to this difficulty is an earlier bedtime. Parents can introduce a peaceful, hour-long pre-bedtime routine, which may include reading, bathing, massage or some quiet time with parents.
The child is not tired at all
Most children are not able to sleep in a routine since they do not follow a set sleeping schedule. Some nap longer or for multiple times in a day, which causes them to remain fresher. Even, if the parents may be tired – the child would not like to sleep at all.
Solution – Building a steady and relaxing bedtime routine. Avoid any exciting toys /events/news just before bedtime.
The bedtime routine is not exciting
An “excellent” bedtime system is one that, where your child will look forward to each night and voluntarily cooperates in.
Solution – As parents, It is important that you and your child disconnect yourself from any digital media at least 1 hour before sleep time. Some tips to create a bedtime routine
- Take a bath
- put on a nightdress
- brush teeth
- read a book
- potty time
- go to sleep
- lights out
Children want to spend time with you
At night, your children may want to spend time with you. Sometimes, kids want to feel secure and love. They want their parents to talk to them, share time cuddling, hugging, kissing, or being in parents lap.
Solution -Spend at least 30 minutes every day with your child, before they sleep. Talk to them about their day, friends, school. Discuss any issues they may be facing in school, with friends, with a teacher or in their bus. Give them a way out of their issue. Let them know, that you are interested in them and their day.
They may be afraid to sleep alone
Kids may find it tough to sleep alone, especially, if they sleep in a different room. As a child, I would find the rotating fan in our bedroom scary. In the same manner, your child may be scared of something too
Solution – It is important to understand that as parents, we must make our child feel secure. To ensure you hear them out and acknowledge their fear. Talk about it as a family and find a solution. For eg – leaving a dim light on in the room, thinking positive and happy thoughts, remembering God and saying his name if you are religious, teach your child relaxation technique, also keep checking on the time to time.
Tips for Improving Your Child’s Sleep
- Do not give your kids any food or drinks with caffeine at least six hours before bedtime.
- Ensure that the temperature in the bedroom is suitable and that the bedroom is dark / dimly lit
- Keep the noise level in the house low.
- Avoid large meals close to bedtime.
- Do not engage in any exciting, new games during bedtime
- Total disconnection from social and digital media at least 1 hour before going to sleep ( NO television, computer, mobile phone, radio)
- Put kids in bed, when they appear sleepy ( yawning, getting cranky )
How much sleep does your child really need through the day?
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