A good night’s sleep is essential for our well-being. It can be hard to get enough of it, especially when you’re a parent! Kids tend to wake up frequently and make a lot of noise throughout the night. This can be frustrating for parents and disrupt the entire household. In this blog post, we will discuss ways to help your kids sleep through the night so that your entire household can get some peace and quiet!
A good night’s sleep is very important
A good night’s sleep is very important. It can help you feel better and have more energy. Kids need a good night’s sleep more than adults do because they are growing and need the rest to keep learning and growing. Sleeping well can also help your child stay healthy! Needless to say, sleeping should not be something your children should fight against.
That is if you do everything right before bedtime. There is a lot you can do actually. From finding a good bassinet for your newborn to ensuring your children exhaust all of their energy before bed, it all depends on your organization skills. Because of that, you should take bedtime seriously, and make sure that your children understand its importance and seriousness as well.
Ensure your children run out of energy before bed
One of the most important things you can do to make sure your kids sleep through the night is to ensure they exhaust all of their energy before bed. This means no more running around or playing after they brush their teeth and put on their pajamas.
You can try a few things to help tire them out. For example, you can have them help with dinner so they are up and moving instead of sitting in front of the TV. Or, you can turn off all electronics an hour before bed and have some family time reading books or playing games together. Finally, you can make sure they get plenty of exercise during the day so they are physically tired when it’s time for bed.
Make bedtime a calm and relaxing time
This means no more loud TV or music, and no more running around the house. You want your children to feel like it’s time to wind down and go to sleep. You can try reading them a bedtime story, singing them a lullaby, or giving them a massage with some lavender oil. Whatever you do, just make sure it’s something that will help them relax and feel sleepy.
Make sure their bedroom is dark and quiet
This will help them relax and fall asleep more easily. Consider using blackout curtains or an eye mask to block out any light. You may also want to invest in a white noise machine to provide some soothing background noise. The white noise machine will also ensure that the children do not distract by smaller sounds that they may hear.
Establish a bedtime routine your children do not stray away from
This can include taking a bath, reading a book, or saying prayers. Doing the same thing every night will signal to your child that it is time to go to sleep. It is important to be consistent with the bedtime routine so that your child knows what to expect. As the habit forms, soon, your child will be the one waiting for you to come and prepare them for bed. Children can quickly adapt to new changes, so it is important you root these routines at a very young age.
Avoid screen time before bedtime
Screens can prevent children from sleeping because they emit bright lights that make it difficult for kids to relax and fall asleep. Instead of screens, try reading or listening to soft music before bedtime. Screens like TVs and phones emit blue light which can be harmful to our brains before bed. These lights signal our brain that falling asleep is not an option. Because of that, it is crucial your children “rest their eyes” before finally falling asleep.
Keep a consistent bedtime
Try to put your child to bed at the same time every night so that their body can get used to a regular sleep schedule. This can include things like taking a bath, reading a book, or saying prayers. Doing the same thing every night will help your child understand that it is time to wind down and go to sleep. Additionally, by being consistent with the bedtime routine, you will be more likely to avoid bedtime battles.
Later, this can make sure your children feel tired after a certain point in time. The benefits of having a regular bedtime are numerous. For one, it can help ensure that your children get enough sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, school-aged children need between 9 and 11 hours of sleep each night. By establishing a regular bedtime, you can help make sure your children are getting the sleep they need to function during the day.
Make sure their bedroom is comfortable
This means keeping the room at a cool temperature and making sure the mattress is firm and comfortable. Provide plenty of blankets and pillows so that your child can get cozy and fall asleep easily. Additionally, you may want to consider using a nightlight in their room so that they can feel comfortable and safe if they need to get up in the middle of the night. Of course, this is something you would want to do with younger children, as they tend to be more scared of the dark than older children. On the contrary, you would want to aim to minimize the potential light source your children can have access to while sleeping.
Parents will always be looking for ways to ensure that their children sleep through the night. The tips we’ve provided in this article will help you do just that by establishing a bedtime routine, avoiding screens before bedtime, and making sure your bedroom is comfortable. Establishing good sleep habits at a young age can have many benefits down the road including improved academic performance, better moods, and stronger immune systems. Yes, this process might require a slight battle with your children on a daily basis, but in the end, it will be worth it. Your children will grow into responsible, healthy adults that have their priorities straight.