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10 tips for getting children to sleep well.

10 tips for getting children to sleep well.


Children need Sleep. Mums need Mum-time!

...and lots of it!

Its back to school time, the fun and excitement of the holidays are a long and distant memory but the bad habits picked up during the holidays linger on! The staying up late, sharing rooms with friends and cousins and getting over-excited all lead to problems when trying to re-instigate term-time bedroom rules.

The NHS advise that a 7 year old needs as much as 10.5 hours sleep a night and as we all know that can be a challenge to mums and dads trying to get an over-excited youngster to bed and to sleep.

10 tips for a child's good night sleep.

Experts tell us that the way to ensuring sleep  is to plan bedtime:

1. A warm bath will help raise the body temperature to the ideal sleep point.
2. Light yoga exercises will help relax the muscles, good for mum as well!
3. Create a calm room environment - put all clothes away.
4. De-clutter the room, this helps to clear a child's mind. The bedroom is their sleep-haven not a convenient store room for vacuum cleaners or dad's golf clubs.
5. Keep the room at a constant temperature, 18-24 degrees  is considered best.
6. Low lighting, some children love the security of a night light.
7. Remove screens and tablets and elder children's mobile phones. This saves distraction and the urge to respond to friend's messages.
8. A comfy bed or mattress will rest their body.
9. Read a story as it has a soporific effect on children and the opportunity will soon vanish - so take advantage now!
10. Cosy Pyjamas help to a great nights sleep and this is where Pixie Dixie comes in!

Number 11 on our top ten list is to keep to a regular bedtime, it will help to condition the child for sleep and equally importantly guarantee mum some well deserved and much needed mum-time!

Mums, and of course Dads, please do add to our list by including in the comments box below your own special ways to induce sleeping. Pictures are very welcome!

Created On  26 Aug 2015 15:41  -  Permalink

Comments

Wish Mum could get into such a deep sleep
Posted By: Tanya - 24 Sep 2015 15:20
I find a large glass of red helps!
Posted By: Tina - 29 Sep 2015 10:41

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