How to help your toddler get a good night's sleep
Sleeping is a time for our bodies to recharge. During sleep our body will repair itself and grow. Our energy is also restored so when we awaken we feel rested and refreshed. For children, sleeping is very important and necessary for their overall growth and development. If they don’t get adequate amounts of rest it can lead to mood swings, difficulty paying attention, and can increase a child's risk of developing health problems. So what are some ways parents can help their young children get a good night's sleep? In this month's blog we composed a short list of things parents can incorporate into their children’s bedtime routine.
Set the Clock
Regularly going to bed at the same time every night will help your child’s natural biological clock. This will ensure they will naturally fall asleep when their bodies get tired around the same time so they get adequate amounts of rest every night.
Limiting the amount of Screen and Mobile Device time before bedtime can also help. Watching too much TV or even playing video games prior to going to bed can make it difficult to fall asleep right away. These activities stimulate the brain making it harder to wind down. Consider turning off the television and putting all electronic devices away within an hour of bedtime.
Follow a Ritual
Having small children follow the same routine every night is another way to get them ready for bed at night. Start with having them brush their teeth and follow up with a warm bath afterwards. Picking out something to cuddle with or even reading their favorite bedtime story can also help them mentally prepare to go to sleep.
Keeping a child’s room as dark as possible is important for a good night's rest. Too much light will disrupt the body's natural sleep cycle which will affect the quality of sleep they get at night. For children who are afraid of the dark, a night light is just enough illumination to provide some security without disrupting their sleep.
A quiet environment is also important so children can sleep through the night. To keep street noise levels down consider using noise blocking curtains in their bedroom. Turn down or off any TVs in or near a child’s room that can wake them up at night. Studies have shown the blue light from TV screens can interfere with the production of melatonin making it difficult to fall and stay asleep at night.
Children will naturally fall asleep when they're tired. That is something parents never have to worry about. For a child’s proper growth, development and overall well being, ensuring young children are also getting a full night's rest will also go a long way to raising happy and healthy children.
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