You’re no stranger to the bedtime challenge if you’re a parent. Getting your kids to go to bed and making them stay there is a real struggle. It’s not exactly easy, but it’s one of the most important things you can do for them.
When your child is deprived of sleep, he is going to have a hard time controlling his emotions. He may become too irritable or hyper, which I’m sure is not at all fun.
Every child is unique and there aren’t really any rules about sleeping. What’s necessary is to make a routine that works for your family and follow it through.
Here are five tips you could try-
Sleep schedule- You should set a proper bedtime and wake-up time for everyone in your family. Be sure to follow them; even on the weekends. You can understand that your child is getting a proper amount of sleep when they go to sleep within 15 to 30 minutes of going to bed, wake up easily in the morning, and don’t fall asleep during the day.
Sleep troubles- Keep an eye for signs of troubled sleep, like waking up at night, snoring, stalling and resisting going to bed, having trouble breathing while asleep, and loud or heavy breathing while sleeping. You can even notice some issues in their daytime behaviour. If your child seems to be more tired than usual, cranky, or drowsy during the day, talk to their doctor about it.
Snacking- Your child can require more than three meals a day to stay active. A little snacking before bedtime can actually help him to stay going through the night. You can choose between whole-grain cereal with milk, graham crackers, or maybe a piece of fruit. Don’t oblige them with large snacks too close to bedtime as a full stomach can interfere with sleep.
Right temperature- Did you notice that you sleep better in a room that is not exactly cold but cool? Too much cold or hot temperature can make falling asleep very difficult. Dress your child as you dress yourself when you got to sleep. Keep in mind that children have a habit of kicking off the covers at night and can’t really cover up themselves properly.
Ideal environment- Your child’s bedroom should be dark and quiet. The noise level should be reduced. If your child is scared to sleep in a room that is completely dark, you could turn on a night lamp, or maybe leave the hall lights on and keep his bedroom’s door open.
Consult a Pediatrician from www.tiyo.in if problems with your child persist.