For some children, getting to bed is a simple process. Within minutes of hitting the hay, they’re asleep and well on their way to slaying dragons, riding magic carpets, and all the other staple dreams of a child with a vivid imagination.
For others, it’s not so easy. For those children, nights are a time for tossing and turning, of restless frustration. It’s not nice to stay awake in bed as an adult, and it doesn’t get any easier for a child.
There are some steps you can take, however, to make them feel comfortable in bed and in the best possible space for a solid night’s sleep.
The process of going to sleep begins well before your child is actually in bed. Make sure they’re probably prepared for bed by making sure they’re eating the right foods and have taken a bath that relaxes their body.
Every parent knows that sugar will keep a child awake through the night; choose instead a late even snack of oatmeal or toast with peanut butter: it’ll fill them up, and also have enough protein and carbs to induce a sleepy feeling.
A bath also relaxed the body and gets it primed for a night of relaxation. Simple!
No Screen Time
To fall asleep at an appropriate time, it’s important that your child doesn’t have extensive screen time in the hours before they go to bed. In fact, it might be best to stop all video games or other interactive screen time (like iPads, computers but not TV) at least two hours before their planned bedtime.
Itching, Bed Bugs, and Metaphors
You can’t blame your child for not feeling too excited to get to bed if they’re not comfortable once they get in there.
There are many minor allergies that can affect a child in bed, so it might be a matter of changing your laundry detergent. Additionally, bed bugs can make a child afraid (rightly) to get into their own bed. If they’re showing any signs, use a service like www.greenbedbugheattreatment.ca and make sure they know that they’re all gone.
Also, metaphorical monsters will get your child into an anxious state of mind - a check of their room each night to give it the all clear is a small and sweet way to make sure they feel comfortable.
The Right Atmosphere
It’s all about getting the right atmosphere in a bedroom. What this is will depend on your child, but things such as a comforting night life, or ambient noise, or even having the door open might be the way to go.
Whatever it is that will get your child into a relaxed and happy state is the best way to make sure they have an undisturbed night.
Once you’ve got the right ingredients for your child, stick to them. A routine is the best way to promoting good sleeping habits - and means you won’t have to go through the same ordeal over and over.
Get it right once and it’s all you’ll need.
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