Good sleep is important for your child’s physical and mental health.
As a parent, nothing is more reassuring than seeing our child sleep peacefully. Our children’s brains are working real hard – even when they sleep – on developing their skills and improving their memories—putting experiences in order, learning what’s important and unlearning what’s not. That is why a relaxing bedtime routine is an important way to help your child get a good night’s sleep.
Relaxation tips to help your child sleep
Doing these surefire tips routinely each night helps promote good sleep for your youngsters:
- Prepare a warm bath for your child to help him relax and get ready for sleep.
- Keep the lights dim in your kid’s bedroom or sleeping area. This will their bodies produce the sleep hormone, melatonin.
- Read them bedtime stories or encourage them to read quietly or listen to some relaxing music one they’re on the bed.
Keeping your kid’s bedroom screen-free
Electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, or TVs can affect how easily your children can get to sleep. Older children (ages 8-10) may also stay up late or even wake in the middle of the night to access their social media. It has become a widespread societal issue among families, but always take note that parents must be in control.
Try to keep your child’s bedroom a screen-free zone, and have their phones charged in another room. If your kid is open to communication, an encouragement to stop using screens an hour before bedtime will most likely be effective.
Using sleep technologies
For younger kids, some parents use a specially-designed colorful nightlight with a sleep/wake clock function to help their kids know when it’s bedtime and when it’s wake-up time. If you want to track their sleep, wearable devices like FitBit can sometimes work as an effective screening tool for sleep issues. However, they’re not diagnostic—they just simply track your child’s sleeping habits.
Your child’s bedroom
An ideally dark, quiet, and tidy bedroom is a must for children who are already having sleep problems. But generally, a well-ventilated room with a temperature kept at about 16 to 20 degrees Celsius is recommended for a comfortable sleep.
If the room is facing direct sunlight, fit some thick curtains to block them out. If there’s noise outside, consider investing in soundproofing or, for a more affordable option, give your child a good pair of earplugs.
Invest in a good mattress
Getting a comfortable and supportive mattress is vital to improve your child’s sleep quality. It’s good to know first what type of sleeper they are (side, stomach, or back) so you can get the right mattress for them. Bedding Stock offers all kinds of mattresses. You can check our products here.
You can consult with your doctor or health expert for more tips.