The best part of the day has to be when everyone is in bed sound asleep and I can sit back and relax with a glass of wine. Bliss! But getting to that point isn’t easy as the kids fight me any way they can to stay up a little bit longer. I suppose it is part of every child’s personality to want to stay up and not go to bed; it is their way of acting ‘grown up’. But, they have to go to sleep at some time, so follow these tips to give them a gentle push into a deep slumber and more sleep for the whole house!
Set an Individual Bedtime
A bedtime is the first step because it starts a routine. Before they know it or they can argue, they will be that tired they will be calling out to their bed. But, a bedtime is not a generic thing and you need to set individual bedtimes. If, like me, you have more than one child at different ages, it can be difficult explaining why the older child gets to stay up late. Don’t let this be an issue and stick to individualised bedtimes religiously where possible.
Set a Wake-up Time
Again, it’s all in the routine. Kids need around seven to nine hours of sleep a night, so all you need is basics math. Work out from their bedtime what time they should be waking up and stick to it pretty much every day. Letting them sleep in on the weekends is a nice gesture, but don’t overdo it. If they sleep a lot longer on weekends, it will make it harder for them to adjust back during the week.
Pick the right Bed
A mattress makes all the difference, so pick the right one. If they are not comfortable while they sleep, they will toss and turn and wake up during the night. Not only will it affect everyone else’s sleep patterns, it is not healthy for your child. Online web pages like nightairbeds.com/compare-to-sleep-number are a great place to compare different facets of a bed that can make a difference. For example, what size is it? Is it big enough? Does it have any accessories that make sleep more conducive like goose down pillows and duvets?
Choosing the right bed isn’t easy and it does depend on your child, so their input is important. But, asking simple questions like the ones above are also a great option when you need to make a decision.
Turn off Electricals
It isn’t a myth. Live electricals or ones that are still on standby give off radiation and impulses that the body can feel. As a result, they can affect sleep patterns regardless of how comfortable your children are. Turn them off before they go to bed, and turn off the television two hours beforehand as that affects melatonin levels the most.
Create the right Environment
Decorate with sleep in mind. Don’t go for bright, loud colours because they are not helpful for a good night’s sleep. Use dark, cozy colors that make you feel sleepy and accessories with shades that keep the outside light where it is meant to be. Outside!
Don’t be shy; try these techniques as soon as possible. The better your kids sleep, the better you will sleep, too.