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Children need Sleep. Mums need Mum-time!
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!