Children need sleep. Not getting enough sleep can affect their moods, ability to focus, mental growth, and much more. There are many things parents can do to help improve the sleep health of their children.
If you feel your child isn't getting enough sleep, try implementing the steps below.
Create a Relaxing Bedtime Routine
This is a big one, and in fact it's likely the most important step on this list.
By creating and maintaining a relaxing bedtime routine, you set your child up for a good night of sleep every night. A good routine might consist of bathtime, brushing teeth, reading a book, and/or singing a song or two. The routine should be carried out at the same time each night in order to set your child's internal clock and help them sleep at the correct times throughout the day and night.
Avoid Big Meals Before Bed
Big meals can cause upset tummies, and therefore lack of sleep. For this reason it is important to eat dinner early in the evening and give food plenty of time to settle before it's time to head off to dreamland.
Turn Off the Nightlight
Many kids like to sleep with a nightlight on. While a nightlight might help them get to sleep initially, it is likely disrupting your little one's sleep throughout the night. So go ahead and turn that little light on at bedtime, but remember to switch it off after your child has drifted off.
Check the Temperature
No one can sleep if it's too hot or too cold. Check the temperature in your child's room and adjust the thermostat and your kid's clothing and blankets accordingly. This is actually a very important part of getting a good night's rest.
Use White Noise
If you will be up for a while after your child is in bed, and especially if you will be doing something noisy like cleaning the kitchen, you might consider using a white noise machine in order to block out startling sounds that may keep your little one from falling asleep.
By using the tips above you should see an improvement in your child's sleep schedule and mood. If your little one is still having trouble sleeping, it might be time to check out their mattress. An older mattress may be worn out, and therefore quite uncomfortable.
If you feel this is the case, please contact us at Kensington Mattress. We would be happy to help you find the perfect mattress to suit your needs.Photo credit: Amanda Truss /clash via Foter.com / CC BY-SA