Have you ever had one of those week’s where the whole household struggles to sleep? I’ll admit that sometimes this can be down to teething, nightmares or sickness. However, there are also times when you will find that your family sleeps badly but just can’t put your finger on the cause.
If you and your children are struggling to get the sleep that you need, don’t panic, you’re not alone. Did you know that one in every three families struggles to get enough sleep? The chances are that while you think that you’re the only family with sleep issues, half your mommy friends are going through the same.
To ensure that your family is getting enough sleep, you need to make getting those 40 winks a priority. To help you do that, I thought I would share the secrets of making sure that your family gets a good night’s sleep.
Makeover your bedroom’s
Often, one of the main causes of a lack of sleep is because the bedrooms in your home aren’t designed in a way that aids sleep. If your children’s rooms are decorated in bright colors, redecorate them in relaxing shades. For kid’s rooms, pastel shades tend to work well. Do the same for your bedroom – keep the colors calm and cool.
If you live in an area with street lamps outside or a busy road, swap all bedroom curtains for blackout blinds. This will help to stop the light shining in, waking you and the children up during the night.
You may find that the cause of your family’s lack of sleep is down to comfort. If mattresses are old, they can make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep, as they don’t provide the correct support. Any uncomfortable mattresses should be replaced, or a topper should be added.
If you do decide to replace your family’s mattresses or a couple of them, be choosy about what you opt for. Think about each sleeper’s needs, to ensure that you pick the best option for them. If, for example, you or one of your children sleeps on your side, look out for the best mattress for side sleepers. Be choosy about the design you opt for – before you buy, make sure that you try it out.
Ban gadgets at bedtime
This rule should apply to the adults and children alike; at bedtime gadgets should be banned. You might like laying bed scrolling through Facebook, but using electronics makes it harder to wind down before bed. This can leave your mind active and unable to sleep, and the same goes for the children.
Set a family technology curfew, so that everyone has time to let their minds unwind. The gadget ban should come into play at least 30 minutes before bedtime, to ensure that everyone has time to relax.
Get into a sleep routine
Work out a sleep schedule for the whole family. Both you and the kids should go to bed and wake up at a set time each day, regardless of whether it’s the weekend.
It might be tempting to let the kids stay up an hour longer on Friday and Saturday nights, but it will only mess with their sleep schedule. Get your family into a bedtime routine, and make sure that you stick to it.
Getting a good night’s sleep is important for you and your kids, as without enough sleep, you’ll struggle to function properly.