getting your child to sleep this Christmas

Christmas is very nearly upon us, along with all the joy and excitement the big day brings. But as every parent knows Christmas is also a time when children’s sleeping patterns can go a bit awry, leaving one tired and cranky child – the last thing you need over the turkey! Read more about how to get the kids to sleep this Christmas…

Christmas is obviously a hugely exciting time for children of all ages, but it’s important that they still get a good night’s sleep – otherwise Santa won’t come and they’ll feel tired and moody the next day.

So, how can you get your child to give you a few hours peace on Christmas morning, and stop them becoming too excited to sleep? Here are 5 tips on how to get your children to sleep this festive season!

Keep them active throughout the day

The more active they’ve been, the more tired they’ll be when it comes to bedtime. Schedule in some Christmas themed activities that you and your child can do, such as Christmas crafts or games. Or if you haven’t got time to supervise, why not get them to help you tidy the house or prepare the Christmas dinner?

Stick with the Routine

It can be tempting to let your child stay up a little later on Christmas Eve, but it’s important that if you have a bedtime routine that you stick to it. This will help your child to recognise that it is bedtime, and that will help to make their brain switch off a lot quicker.

Turn The TV Off

We all like to gather round the television on Christmas Eve, but too much television before bed can prevent your child from getting a good night’s sleep. The light from a TV interferes with your body’s production of a chemical called melatonin. Melatonin helps to make you sleepy before going to bed, and too much light can stop your body from producing it. Just half an hour watching the TV or playing on a computer could keep your child awake for an extra 2 hours. That’s not to say you can’t enjoy the festive viewing, but try to keep the TV watching in moderation before bedtime.

Reduce Stress

Christmas can be a really stressful time of year, and for many people stress-levels are highest on Christmas Eve. Children can pick up on stress and it can affect their sleeping patterns. Try and stay calm, reduce noise and keep things as relaxed as possible for your child, and they’ll nod off a lot quicker.

Create a sleepy environment

Try to help your child sleep by making their bedroom a sleep-inducing environment. Keep the air cool, and the lighting low so that there is a calming atmosphere. If your child has a favourite stuffed toy they like to cuddle up to, then let them, but keep the bed largely free of too much clutter. There are a number of ways you can help your child relax before bed – a warm drink or bath, reading a story together and keeping the noise down.

With the help of these tips, you can make sure that your child stays asleep until after Santa has been and doesn’t wake you up too early on Christmas morning!

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