I can’t sleep! (Sleep tips for children)
As adults, sleep is something we do not take for granted. With busy schedules and hectic lives, sleep is something we all wish we had more time to do. Unfortunately children, for the most part, don’t feel the same way. We’ve all experienced it, not wanting to go to bed, wanting to watch T.V., or wanting to stay out. So we know first hand how it’s like to not want to go to bed. Having children who have a hard time falling asleep can be difficult to deal with. So if you’re finding that it’s difficult to put your child to bed, try some of these tips.
- Your Environment: Making sure your atmosphere is properly set can help you sleep better. Make sure your bedroom is dark, cool, and quiet.
- Go out and Play: Exercising can help. Running around and playing for a few hours before bed will help your body get ready to get some rest.
- Set Bed Time: Making sure you go to be the same time each night is crucial. Your body adjusts to a certain schedule, so if you’re going to sleep on a set schedule, you’re body will comply.
- Avoid late night meals: It’s okay to have a small snack before bed. When you sleep, it’s time for your body to rejuvenate. So if you’re going to bed with a full stomach, you’re creating more work for your body when it should be resting.
- Avoid Caffeine: Caffeine is found in several different foods and beverages. Avoiding the consumption of caffeine (sodas etc… in the late afternoons and evenings will make it easier to sleep that night.
- Routine Routine Routine: Many people have a bedtime routine. Whether it’s reading a book (story), listening to soft music, taking a hot bath, etc…. Just like having a set schedule, once you set a routine, it’s easier for your body to know when it’s time to sleep.
As stressful as our days can be, its children who need to be receiving the best quality sleep. Millions of adults alone suffer from sleep disorders. Poor sleep habits from a young age may have been a contributing factor to developing a sleep disorder. Unfortunately intervention is not prevention, prevention needs to be done at a younger age. Spreading the awareness of the importance of sleep may help the younger generations avoid serious health risks for the future.
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