Why is sleep encouraged amongst children? Well, many parents may answer that when their child sleeps, they get to relax and have time for themselves. This is indeed true but it’s not the only advantage. Sleep is equally important for the child because it increases their motor and psychological functioning and improves overall health and behaviour. Both of you win.
Therefore, helping your child get into a proper sleep schedule is essential as this will help them in the short and long term. Here are some ways to encourage just this.
Getting into Routine
Setting the standard for bedtime is the key to ensuring that your child gets into a good sleep pattern. If you create a sleep routine, and most importantly, stick to it, you will reap good results. For instance, you can establish a regular bedtime, as well as a regular wake up time to activate the child’s circadian rhythm.
The child’s bedroom should be designed to be conducive for sleep. Keep the television, computer and other stimuli out of your child’s room to reduce the temptation to stay awake. Also, make sure the temperature is neither too hot nor cold to promote a comfortable environment.
Serotonin is the body’s chemical for generating good feelings and it can promote healthy sleep. To ensure a proper amount of it is within your child’s system, try certain techniques.
Do not give them any caffeine after about 4pm and do not allow them to engage in too much physical activity about two hours before bedtime. If your child says that he or she is tired, allow them to go to bed because it means that their body is ready and wouldn’t be again for another 90 minutes because of sleep chemistry in the body.
Getting children into a healthy sleep pattern will do wonders for their general health and cognitive functioning. As the parent, you should create an effective bedtime routine and provide a comfortable environment for your child to have sweet dreams every night.
To learn more about how we encourage proper sleep at each of the Cuddles childcare centre in Perth, call the Bertram centre at +61 (08) 9419 1844, the Carlisle centre at +61 (08) 9472 4702 and the St James centre at+61 (08) 9358 4673