Helping Your Children Get the Sleep They Need
Children aren't getting enough sleep. Far too many kids live in a state of sleep deprivation, often without even noticing the tell-tale signs that they need more rest. There are many factors that go into sleep problems for children, such as nightmares, a bad sleep environment, too many distractions, etc. Here are some tips for helping your child get the sleep they need.
In this day and age, we are bombarded by distractions and technology. Even young children often spend time scrolling through phones, staring at television screens, or playing on computers. Forty-three percent of school-aged children have televisions in their bedrooms, and longer TV time takes away from sleep time. Children who watch movies or shows before bed often get too little sleep because of it. To help your child sleep, limit their time with technology and separate entertainment from sleep so that once they are in bed they know they are supposed to sleep instead of playing or watching something. A bed tent will allow your child to have a private and secluded space free from daytime distractions.
Creating a calming sleep environment
Having a dark room is a great step toward getting perfect sleep, so if your child's room is too bright consider dark curtains or a privacy pop tent to create a darker sleep environment. It's important to help your child feel calm and relaxed before bed. Try using essential oils to calm your child and prepare for sleep. Many essential oils, such as lavender and chamomile, can help relax and prepare for sleep. Scented candles can also be a great addition, for similar reasons. Another tip for creating a perfect sleep environment is to make your child love their sleeping space by incorporating fuzzy blankets and stuffed animals into their sleep tent so that your child knows that their bedroom and their bed is their space.
Developing a sleep routine
Another way to help your child sleep well is the form some pre-sleep habits which will help your child prepare for bed. By creating a sleep routine your child will be able to forget any stresses of the day. They will know that they will be headed to sleep soon, and their bodies will begin to relax. This could involve a warm cup of milk or a mug of hot tea. Read a story before bed with your child or take a moment to talk about their day. This will calm them and make it easier for them to fall asleep at night.
Sleep is essential for your child's health and learning. Children who get enough sleep do better in school than children who are tired. Getting enough sleep also helps avoid illnesses later in life, and helps children focus and have the energy to learn and explore. If your child is having a difficult time sleeping, make sure their room is a perfect sleep haven, free of distractions and technology. Give them a sleep routine and a schedule that allows enough time for them to be well rested, and therefore healthier and happier.
Author: Alicia Rennoll