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Tips for making sure your kids get a good night’s sleep

Good sleep is essential to your child’s development and wellbeing. When a child does not get the rest they need, it can result in a variety of behavioural and academic problems. Lack of sleep can mean lower test scores and increased irritability toward family and peers. Here are some tips for making sure your child gets the best night of sleep possible.

Avoid foods and beverages containing caffeine and/or sugar

Many studies conclude that food and drink containing sugar or caffeine can lead to restlessness and sleep loss. If your child is allowed to consume these types of food, try to not allow them too close to bedtime. Even some adults find that anything containing caffeine or sugar past dinnertime is enough to disrupt their sleep; children are even more greatly affected.

Decrease light pollution

Urban environments can have a lot of outside lights that make night-time a lot less dark than nature intended. This can have a very negative effect on the quality and soundness of sleep. The human body is naturally inclined to sleep through the darkest parts of the day. When we are exposed to too much light during these critical times, our body never gets true rest. Scientists call our deepest sleep REM. When you don’t sleep deeply you never reach this state of being. Thick curtains can reduce the effect of light pollution; however, modern window shutters are even better because they can reduce even more light.

Temperature

It can be hard to fall asleep in a room that is too hot or too cold. A child must be comfortable in order to get the best night’s rest. Many homes are kept too warm for a restful night of sleep. Pay attention to see if your child sweats too much at night and adjust your thermostat accordingly.

A consistent bedtime

Children can benefit from a consistent bedtime. This is usually increased as the child gets older and naturally needs less sleep to be rested and feeling their best.

Limit electronics

Encouraging your child to do activities that don’t involve video games, computers, television, etc., might seem like a hard thing to do, but it can do a lot to improve the quality of their sleep. Starting at least an hour before bedtime, encourage music, books, story time, etc.

Consider allergens

With more people than ever experiencing the discomfort of allergies, it is important to consider how this can affect sleep. If your child sounds congested or fidgets a lot, they might be experiencing allergic reactions to pyjamas or dust mites. Many doctors recommend that children sleep in cotton rather than synthetic fabrics since it allows for better heating and cooling during the night.

Better sleep equals success

Helping your child get a better night’s sleep can yield incredible results in their behaviour, academic life, relationships and physical health. Although getting them used to a good sleep routine might be challenging at first, they will soon become used to it.

 

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