Are you tired of waking up all night? Do your kids seem tired and stressed all day? Maybe the reasons behind their behavior is that they are not resting enough through the night and with their nap times. But there is HOPE! These tips can help your kids sleep better and you can get some personal time.
Why is your child not sleeping through the night?
Anxiety – Anxiety can be one of the reasons your kids don’t sleep well. Children have their own personality as adults do, and sometimes it’s a problem when it is time to relax. Doesn’t it happen to you that sometimes you lose sleep because you just couldn’t stop thinking about something?! Kids are the same way!
Routine– Do you have a routine for bedtime? A routine is really important for children at any age, or even for adults. A routine gets your body used to sleep at the same time daily, It’s a great way to teach their body that is time to rest.
Food – Are they eating right before bed? A cup of milk may not be of any harm but heavy food too close to their bed time will make their digestive system work hard, and probably they won’t feel comfortable and relaxed enough to fall asleep.
How can you help your kid fall asleep faster?
Meditation guided / nature sounds – There is nothing new about meditation and relaxation sounds to make anyone have a great night of sleep. How do you teach your kid to meditate/ relax? You can try nature songs and guided meditation. Use a passive voice and your imagination to make your child dream awake.
They can imagine they are floating in a pool or laying on a cloud listening to the birds, waterfalls, etc. There are many ways to make their mind and body be relaxed.You just need to try until you find what is best for your child since for each person the reference to relaxing is different.
Create a new routine– We said before the routine is super important! Why not create a new routine ?! A warm bath, a cup of milk and a story before bed can be a great way to start. It is just as important to try to keep the routine as it is to start them. The key thing is to maintain the same time routine throughout the week including weekends. Maybe it will be difficult for the first days but eventually, they will be used to it and bedtime will not be a nightmare anymore.
Storytime – Buy a few books or just use your creativity for storytime before sleep. Is a great way to start a routine and also will build you and your child sweet memories for the future.
Diary – For older kids ( writing age) a diary can be great! It helps to reduce anxiety as well. You can encourage them to write about how their day was in a positive way, write down what happy moments they had in that day, more than just relax it will help them with self-confidence and to have a positive mind and see the most situations as lessons regardless if they were difficult.
Are my kids sleeping enough?
Many parents question themselves about how many hours the kids have to sleep. There is not a magic number, even with many charts you can find online every child is different and have a different metabolism. Pay attention to the details. Does your child seem stressed all day? Do they have a lot of tantrums? They seem hyper most of the time? For sure this can be sleep deprived symptoms. If you find there is something wrong follow your gut and talk to a doctor.
Natural sleeping remedies for kids
Tea – Some teas are known to have relaxing properties. Chamomile is one of them, just do a little research and you will find many options for any taste.
Essential Oil– Prepare their room with a relaxing essential oil to help them relax their body and their mind. Their brain will associate this scent as rest time and this will make your bedtime routine easier.
Melatonin gummies -In case a routine and all other methods don’t seem to be working, maybe it is time for a little help. Melatonin is recommended by many pediatricians. But, before buying any medication, talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of this option. Ask your pediatrician since this is always the best and safest way to find a solution.
Conclusion There are many ways to help the little ones have a great night of sleep. The most important thing is to respect their body’s needs and teach them with tons of love and patience. It may take some days or weeks, but eventually, you will find what works better and will improve your family sleep time.