If you’re a parent, you know how difficult it can be to get your kid to sleep. I’m not just talking about getting them to fall asleep, but also about making sure they keep sleeping for all the right reasons. You want your child to have good sleep habits that will help them get a good night’s rest every night. Here are 6 tips for better sleep for kids:
Keep the Temperature Cool
The temperature of the room where you sleep is important. Your child should have a comfortable temperature, but not too cold or hot. If your child’s room is too warm, they may be unable to fall asleep or stay asleep because they’ll be uncomfortable and feel like they need to kick off their blankets (or take them off entirely). On the other hand, if it’s too cold in there–especially if you live somewhere with extreme temperatures–your kid will be shivering under those blankets all night long!
If your child has trouble falling asleep at night due to a hot room, try putting up more fans so that there’s more circulation throughout the house. And if he/she has trouble staying asleep because of being too cold? Just add another layer of clothing before bedtime!
Exercise is good for you, and it’s even better when it helps you sleep. Exercise can help you have more energy, be happier and stay healthy.
If you exercise regularly, your body will produce more melatonin (a hormone that helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle). This means that your brain will release this chemical at the right time so that it can send signals to your body that it’s time to rest.
Remove Electronic Devices from Your Child’s Room at Night
Remove electronic devices from your child’s room at night.
The blue light from electronic devices can disrupt sleep, so it’s important to remove these items from the bedroom. You may also want to consider having a designated space for electronics in another part of the house where they can be used during specific times of day and not at night when you’re trying to get your child ready for bed. If they have their own room, make sure that this place is only used for sleeping (and maybe some reading if it helps them fall asleep).
Don’t Forget to Feed your Child Well
If you want your child to get a good night’s sleep, it’s important that they eat a healthy diet. Studies have shown that children who eat junk food or too much sugar have trouble sleeping. If your child has trouble sleeping and needs help falling asleep, it might be time for them to start eating better!
Create a Bedtime Routine
The best way to get your kid into a bedtime routine is by making it fun. Think about what your child likes and come up with ideas that will help him or her wind down at night. For example, if your kid loves animals, you could read a story about animals before going to sleep. Or if he or she likes music, play some soft music while reading the story–that might help him/her fall asleep faster!
Another great idea is setting up an alarm clock that wakes up children in time for school so they don’t have trouble waking up in the morning (or staying awake during class). Some parents like using digital clocks instead of old-fashioned ones because they’re easier on batteries–and since most kids’ bedrooms aren’t very bright anyway (because it’s dark at night), having glow-in-the dark hands makes it easier for kids to find their way around without turning on any lights!
Make Sure They’re Comfortable in Their Bed
- Make sure they’re comfortable in their bed.
- Use a pillow that is the right size for your child, and make sure it’s soft enough. If you feel like your child is lying on something hard or uncomfortable, you can add more pillows until he or she feels better.
- Use a comforter or blanket that is appropriate for the season–if it’s summertime and hot outside, use thinner sheets; if it’s wintertime and cold outside, use heavier blankets.
- Keep an oscillating fan running in the room so there’s always some breeze circulating through the air (but not so much airflow that it blows directly onto your child). You can also turn on an air conditioner if needed!
Choose the Best Night Clothing
Choosing the right nightwear is an important part of getting your child to sleep well. Choose comfortable, breathable fabrics that won’t irritate your child’s skin or make them too hot. Avoid heavy fabrics such as wool and flannel as they may cause sweating and lead to night sweats.
Choose kids clothing that is easy to take off and put on–this will help reduce anxiety about getting ready for bedtime, which can cause resistance from children who don’t want their parents touching them at all! Choose clothes with buttons over zippers if possible because zippers can be noisy when opened or closed in the dark. Also look for pajamas with snap closures rather than buttons so there are fewer parts that could break while being worn during roughhousing playtime sessions (which inevitably occur after lights out).
These Tips Will Help Your Kids Sleep Better and be Healthier!
- Make a bedtime routine. When you’re young, your brain is still developing its “clock” for when it’s time to sleep and wake up. A regular routine helps kids know when it’s time for bed–and if they can’t fall asleep on their own, the routine gives them something familiar that will help them feel more relaxed and fall asleep faster (and stay asleep).
- Set an early bedtime for preschoolers and elementary school-aged children so they’ll get enough rest at night without feeling too tired during the day (which could make them cranky). Once middle school rolls around, most kids need about 9 hours of sleep each night–but if yours seems like he or she gets less than that consistently without feeling tired during the day, talk with his or her doctor about whether there might be another factor contributing to this problem (like stress).
We hope these tips have helped you get your kids ready for a better night’s sleep. Remember, the most important thing is to keep them comfortable in their bed! If you want more information about how to improve your child’s sleep habits, contact us today.