Their Sleep Is Your Sleep: Helping Your Little Ones Get A Good Night’s Rest #CP

Getting children to sleep has been a problem shared by countless generations. While your little ones will often be exhausted in the mornings, it usually feels as though they get their second wind as soon as it’s time for them to go to bed. This can be hard to deal with, with the sleep your kids get being directly connected to the sleep you’re able to get, and the days you have to get through involving a lot more work. To help you out with this, this article will be exploring some of the work that can go into helping your kids to get a good night’s sleep.



The Routine


Many children will view their bedtime as an unfair rule, and there can be a lot of pushback when you’re trying to get them to follow a sleep routine. Getting to bed at the same time each night will be essential for a child, though, as this will help them to develop a natural sleeping pattern that will make it very hard for them to stay awake. Of course, though, you need to find ways to encourage them to follow the routine you make.


Giving them rewards can be an excellent way to do this. For example, you could add an extra treat to your child’s lunchbox each morning that they’re able to wake up quickly, giving them something to be excited about when they’re putting their head down. Being very strict with this can force your child in the other direction, making it even harder to get them to go to sleep than if they didn’t have a routine at all.


Their Bedroom


When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, few things will influence your child like their bedroom. The environment they find themselves in at bedtime can have a staggering impact on their ability to drop off quickly, but this is something that many parents neglect when they are putting their kid’s rooms together. There are several elements that will go into this, and they are all just as important as the last.


  • The Decor


Colours, shapes, and other features of the decor in a room will always impact the sleep that a person can get in it. Bright blue, for example, will make a room quite light, even when the curtains are closed and all of the lights are off, while a milder blue will make the room feel tranquil and perfect for rest. It’s always worth spending some time learning about the way that decor can influence sleep, ensuring that you’ve taken all of the right steps to help your child get to sleep.


  • Their Bed


Alongside the way their room looks, it’s also a good idea to think about your child’s bed. This feature of their bedroom will be critical to their sleep, with uncomfortable beds being very hard to sleep on. Companies like thesleepstation.co.uk can help you to find the perfect bed for your child, with a huge range of frames that can be bought with comfortable mattresses. Going with brands like this is good because it ensures that you’ll be getting a quality product and accurate advice.


Before Bedtime


It can be all too easy to neglect the time your child spends before they go to bed, though this can be crucial to their ability to get to sleep. There are a lot of activities that are perfect for getting someone to sleep, but there are also plenty that can make it much harder, and this is something you have to keep in mind when you’re going through your evening routine.


Watching television, using smartphones, and playing video games will all expose your child to UV light, effectively tricking their brain into thinking that it’s much earlier in the day and making it hard for them to drop off. Alongside this, activities that get their heart pumping, like playing sports, can also be bad before bed. You can learn about the things that will impact your child’s sleep the most by researching around the web, but most doctors will also be happy to help you to figure this out.


While some activities are bad before bed, you can still find plenty that will be ideal. Reading a book or listening to some relaxing music can be a good choice, though many parents will prefer the idea of getting their child involved with some hobbies during this time. Being creative at the end of the day will be an excellent way to burn your child’s excess energy, preparing them for the next day.


During Sleep


Many parents make the mistake of assuming that this job is over once their child has managed to get to sleep. In reality, though, you need to be working all night to keep your child sleeping, though much of this work is about what you don’t do, rather than what you do. Those in larger homes won’t have to worry about this quite so much, as they will have the space to keep themselves away from their child during the night.


You will almost certainly be staying up later than your child on most nights, and this means that you will still be moving around the house when they are asleep. You have to be extremely quiet when you’re going this, ensuring that they don’t get woken up during the night. Along with this, you also have to think about the comfort you give your child. Nightmares can make it very hard to sleep, but knowing that mum and dad are waiting down the hall to help them will make your child feel a lot happier.


Getting your child to sleep will always impact the time you have in bed. This will be hardest when your child is young but will continue to be a challenge into their teenage years, changing and evolving along the way. Of course, though, you have plenty of tools and resources to help you with this, and this means that you can get started and make some good progress right away.


Karl Young

Part-time daddy and lifestyle blogger. Father of 2 boys under 2. Golfer, scare-fan, tea-lover, traveller, squash and poker player. I write on the @HuffPostUK http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/karl-young/

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