A Well Rested Kid is a Happy Kid
As adults, we know all too well about how grumpy we get when we don’t get enough sleep at night. We feel lethargic, and we have a hard time making decisions. That being said, children deal with the same exact thing. Because of that, it’s incredibly important that we do what we can in order to help our children get the best sleep that they can possibly have. Here are a few tips that you can try in order to achieve these goals.
Help your child realize that bed time is a very special time.
Going to bed should be a special time. Take the time to snuggle with your child, to read them a story or talk about the day. If they see bedtime as a time to be intimate with their parents, then they’re going to be a lot more willing to go to bed. On top of that, they will feel special and loved – and it’s always easier to go to sleep when you feel special and loved.
Cut out playing games or watching TV on screens.
Obviously, you don’t need to tell them not to do this at all, but screens put off blue light, which is known for keeping the mind active and making it difficult for people to actually get the sleep that they want to get. So, because of that, you want to get them off of their phones, the television, the iPad, and/or the video game system about an hour or 2 before they are to go to bed. That helps the light to go away and makes it easier for them to get a good night’s rest.
Make sure that the room is completely dark.
It’s really hard to get sleep when there’s light, inside or outside. So, do all that you can to help your child’s room to be completely dark. One good suggestion is that you also put up blackout curtains in their room, so when the sun comes up, they aren’t bothered by it. If your child is afraid of the dark, find a way to leave the light on in the closet or an adjacent room so that they can see the light under the door.
Put together a nighttime routine.
Do you take a bath every night? Is there a snack that you eat? Do you watch a movie? The evening routine can help the child’s body get adjusted to the routine, and once it gets to the “go to bed” part of the routine, they’ll be ready to hop in and fall asleep shortly after.
Basically, it’s all about you getting creative with the nighttime routine and helping your child to understand why sleep is a special, very important thing to be doing. Try some of these tips out for yourself and see how much happier your kids end up being when they’re better rested.Read More