5 Tips To Get The Kids To Sleep Without Shouting
As any parent knows, making sure your children are getting enough sleep is one of the best ways to keep them happy and healthy. But sometimes it can be difficult to get them to drop off. In this blog, we outline 5 ways you can get the kids to sleep without resorting to shouting.
For many parents, getting children to go to bed is the most stressful time of day. There’s no quick and easy solution, but we’ve come up with 5 tips to help make things a bit easier.
Set A Bedtime
Children aged between 6 to 13 need at least 9 to 11 hours sleep, to help their brains develop properly and to give them the energy and focus they need for school. Of course, every child is different, some get up earlier and some like a lie-in. Once you know what works for your child, set a bedtime and stick to it. It’s also important to set a time to get out of bed, and try to make it the same for weekends and weekdays. Allowing a child to sleep in longer, will make it harder to get them to sleep at bedtime.
Routine is Important
Having a pre-bed routine is a great way to get your child ready for bed. Having a glass of milk, brushing their teeth and then having a story each night before bed is great because it helps the child know what’s coming next, makes them feel safe and also sets boundaries. You might find within a few days of your routine that your child starts to get sleepy before you’ve even poured the milk into the glass!
No TV, IPad, Kindle, Smartphone or Laptop
The blue light emited from these electronic items, stops your child’s brain from producing melatonin a chemical which makes people sleepy. The blue light that the screen emits tricks the body into thinking that it’s the middle of the day, so it reduces it’s melatonin levels. Keeping the room dark means that melatonin can be produced naturally. It’s hard but you should try and keep children away from blue light at least 2 hours before bed. Make it part of the routine – why not make a favourite family program the last thing they watch before bath, cleaning their teeth and then storytime?
Create a Sleepy Environment
The best way to get a child to sleep is to create an environment that is perfect for getting some sleep. That means a dark, cool room. This is the best way to increase the melatonin levels your child is producing. It can be hard to convince a child to go to bed when it’s bright sunshine outside, as is often the case in Summer, so consider investing in some heavy curtains that keep the room dark.
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