It’s Back to School Season and Time for a Back to Bedtime Routine!
and the living is easy - at least until we have to get the kids awake dressed
and ready for school after a sweltering 40+ degree night. Yes, back to school time means it's time for a bedtime routine for kids, of all ages.
But if you are finding your kids are not
getting enough sleep you are not alone.
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute found that 40% of children have a sleep
problem in the first 6 months of starting school. With the most common reported difficulties
being falling to sleep, waking in the night, and fear of sleeping alone. And if you are feeling stressed about your
children’s lack of sleep - that’s normal too.
The study found that children’s sleep problems are also associated with
poor child and parent mental health.
can parents do?
Here are 10 sleep tips to enjoy happier bedtimes once your kids are back at school!
a regular bedtime.
the bedroom a comfortable quiet cool dark place to sleep, with no television or
other electronic devices. In know that
can be tricky in summer but do the best you can.
a regular calming bedtime routine. In
our home we do bath, teeth, books, then a Dinosnores sleepy story CD.
a bedtime relaxation CD to teach the children to slow down their mind and body
after a busy day.
the “I can’t sleep” argument. Ask
children to “lie down and rest their bodies” instead of telling them to “go to
6. Avoid TV computer or electronic games two
hours before bedtime - as they have all been found to make sleep more
difficult. Try encouraging play dough
play, drawing or a quiet snuggle time with their favourite plush toys instead.
the kids out exercising in the day to help them sleep at night.
caffeine and sugar saturated foods. Need ideas for healthy, yet tasty treats for the kids? Click here for great healthy eating, real food recipe books.
to your doctor to rule out medical causes of sleep difficulties.
the holidays anticipate some disruptions at bedtime if you are changing your
And always, always give yourselves and your children permission to find bedtime challenging. You are not alone!
Author Bio: This is a guest post by Sherene
of Dinosnores Sleepy Stories and mother of two. Dinosnores are award-winning sleep CDs and iTunes for kids. Click here to get your own Dinosnores Sleepy Stories for your kids!