Sleep is important in a person’s health and well-being. When you get proper and adequate sleep, your mind and body is at its best and you can maximize their uses. But both young and old do not get enough sleep because of different factors, either purposely or not.
And here is the case about parents and children. Children usually do not sleep easily, and the parents are left to stay up the whole night waiting for them to do so. The end result is, then again, lack of sleep for everybody.
So, how do you get your kids to sleep EASILY and ON TIME?
Assign a specific time for sleep at night and follow it each time. The consistency will grow in your children before long, especially if you refuse to “negotiate.” Studies even show that those with no fixed sleep schedule show more behavioural problems like hyperactivity and emotional impediments compared to those who have.
Before Bedtime Routines
Avoid giving big meals and drinks with caffeine to your children close to sleeping time because they can make sleeping difficult. Steer clear, or if it cannot be done, then limit stimulating activities such as watching television and playing video games. Before they actually sleep, you can set up an interlude for a short bedtime story. Pass up the scary stories though because they do more harm than you would think.
They say it is not good to sing or rock your kids to sleep because they will get used to it and depend on it so that they can doze. It does its purpose though; it calms them but it is still advisable not to practice this.
Comfort and Coziness
When you are tucking your children in, see to it that they are resting with clothes that give them ease. Pillows and blankets should be comfy and make sure that the room is not too cold or too warm. If they are feeling scared, you can provide them with toys like stuffed animals to keep them company through the night.
Light and brightness of the room can affect the children’s slumber too. Perhaps, they have a window near their bed and light from outside sources is able to come in. This can be a distraction so if you could, you should try using blackout blinds. They can easily block the illumination and darken the interiors.
There are Harpers blinds in Manchester that are perfect for nurseries, bedrooms and the other parts of the home and they come in different sizes, colors and designs.
It is essential to let your kids follow the good habits in, particularly, sleeping. Occurrences like asking for mommy and/or daddy are normal but practice in refusing their negotiations (“Five more minutes, please?”).
You can further stimulate them by giving them a reward for say, sleeping on time for a week. Presenting them with a new toy if they obey can be a nice tactic.
Take the time to talk and listen to the little folks too. Ask them what bothers them at night and do the necessary steps to solve them.
And with the children and the parents enjoying long and ample sleep, everybody is happy!