How To Combat Your Child's Sleep Disorders
Eight intriguing tips on improving your child's sleep...
17 September 2017
Whether you’re a mother who’s struggling with sleep difficulty, or not, you don’t need a sleep-deprived family member zombie-roaming the kitchen in the middle of the night, especially not your child.
But unfortunately the ghost of insomnia isn’t rated PG. hence, many children struggle with significant sleep disorders or difficulties.
And it doesn’t have to be constant nights of sleeplessness to qualify as insomnia or sleep disorder; rather it shouldn’t take more than 1 sleepless night to hold parents’ attention.
Some experts even suggest that struggling for 30 minutes or more while trying to sleep on three nights per week, for three months, is considered a sleep difficulty.
Lack of sleep possess a host of significant side effects on children, such as: slower reaction times, performance problems, mood swings, behaviour issues, memory problems, difficulties with concentration, and higher chances of injuries or accidents.
And no parent wants their child introduced to hypnotics at such a young age. Therefore, here’s some tips on how to improve your child’s sleep:
1- Make sure your child is comfortable in their sleeping space, ask for their opinions about the bedrooms, and consider redecorating accordingly.
2- Don’t give in to their prior-bed, constant demands; you need to know when to put a stop to all the eating, drinking, bathroom-visits requests.
3- Make sure the bedroom is completely technology-free at bedtime – no TVs, iPads, iPhones, Tablets, Computers, etc.
4- Avoid getting in bed with your kids to get them to sleep. You don’t want them getting used to that.
5- Pay extra attention to what your kid is exposed to on televisions; what shows do they watch, what kind of material do they display?
6- Follow a relaxing, bedtime routine. This could be a warm bath before sleeping, or even a nighttime story.
7- Put them to bed when they start yawning, not when they fall asleep in your arms.
8- Make sure your kids are comfortable with the temperature and the lighting in the room.