Sleepless Nights: Tips to Help You and Your Children to Get Better Sleep

By | May 14, 2017

If your child is having trouble sleeping, you probably are too. Babies and younger children might cry at bedtime, wake up in the night and have trouble settling or barely seem to sleep at all. Older children, even those who generally sleep well can go through phases when they have trouble falling asleep or wake in the night. This can be frustrating and cause you to worry about what might be keeping them awake.

Fortunately, some sleepless nights can be remedied with a few small changes. From bedtime rituals to home improvements, here are a couple of ways to help you and your children fall asleep and become well-rested when you wake up in the morning.

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Bedtime Rituals

Be it a bedtime story, a soft toy or a special blanket, there are plenty of bedtime rituals that will help both you and your child get to sleep a little easier. For some fun ideas, try to read to your children to soothe their restlessness and give them something positive to think about as they drift off to sleep. If you feel like you’re personally unable to sleep, then follow up the bedtime story with a short self-pampering session. Take a warm bath, moisturise your skin, and clean your teeth. Then sit in bed and read to yourself, preferably with a physical book and a light instead of on your tablet or phone because of the bright lights that it gives off.

Mood Lighting

As the afternoon ends and the evening starts, you want to try and set your lights so that they’re not too bright. This is typically quite hard because not everyone has dimmer switches or mood lights and automatic settings, but that’s when an architectural lighting expert can help you. In addition to just setting up lights around your house, they can also install lights around the home to make your entire property feel relaxed and soothing, which in turn makes you feel a little calmer before you head to bed. Lights can really change the mood of a situation, and it really helps you sleep better at night if you dim the lights as it gets dark.

Stop Eating Close to Bedtime

Not only is eating before bed bad for your child’s health, eating a large meal anywhere from two to three hours before bed can actually lead to adverse health effects. There are no set-in-stone rules, but generally, you want to avoid eating late in the evening because it promotes weight gain and your body is still working to digest it, meaning that it can disturb your sleep pattern and make it difficult for you to fall asleep. Avoid eating roughly four to five hours before you plan to go bed. If you feel peckish, try to hold it in for tomorrow’s breakfast or eat a light snack.

Hopefully, these three tips will help you and your child fall asleep better and banish those sleepless nights. If you think your child is still having trouble falling asleep, then it might be because of an underlying health issue and it’s recommended that you check with your doctor.

*This is a collaborated post

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