When it comes to sleep absolutely everybody benefits from a good night of uninterrupted slumber. Parents everywhere know that if their child doesn’t sleep they don’t either. Tips to help a child sleep are really useful and I do hope these help you all on the quest to a night of peaceful dreams.
Sleep has so many benefits, in terms of our emotional and physical health and everyone is much more amenable when they have had a good nights rest. It is in all our interests to promote good sleep. But how do we do it?
Here are my top ten sleep tips:
- Have a great roller blind that really blacks out the light. Direct Blinds do a great range and this really can mean the difference between a 5 am or 7 am wake up!
- Don’t allow screens up to an hour before bedtime, nor TV or ipads or phones. Keep devices downstairs at night in a communal area. The lights from such devices can really interfere with sleep as can the buzz of watching/playing.
- Try and have regular sleeping and waking times so your child’s body can get into good habits – I woke to feed my daughter at 5.30 for years and for several years after stopping feeding I would still be wide awake at 5.30 am! Regular habits can be a good (or a bad) thing
- Wind down time before sleep is really important, milky drinks and a light supper, bathtime, time to read – all these things are conducive to a good nights sleep.
- Exercise and fresh air are a huge help in creating a child ready to sleep so do plan them into your day.
- Make sure get the right amount of sleep hours in – have a look at this NHS sleep guidance to see how many hours your child should be getting.
- Obviously limit any sugar or caffeine for several hours prior to bedtime.
- Make sure they go to the toilet before they go to bed.
- Keep the noise in the house down low but not completely silent as if is silent their sleep or they will be disturbed by even the smallest noise.
- During holidays and weekends try and keep to routines around sleep as they can be very hard to re-establish once broken.