By: Michelle Donaghy, Pediatric Sleep Consultant – Certified Gentle Sleep Coach
I often hear from parents that once the children start sleeping, they find it hard to sleep!
Thankfully, there are some easy tips to get your sleep (and your family's) back on track after so many months of sleep deprivation.
These simple changes will make a world of difference:
Get some exercise - just 30min a day will help relieve stress which will help you sleep better. This applies to adults and children.
Ensure your mattress is comfortable! You won't feel rested if your back is aching during the night. This
is one of those things in life that is worth the expense.
Have some wind-down time - a bedtime routine is important for children and adults alike. It will help your brain and body decompress before sleep.
No electronics 30min before you go to sleep - All of those electronics (TV, iPad, smart phone) tell your brain it is time to be awake. So turn them all off 30-60 minutes before bed.
It takes 20 minutes - most people don't know that the average person needs 20 minutes to fall asleep. Also, a side note for children - if it takes them less than 5 minutes to fall asleep they were either overtired or too drowsy when you put them to bed.
If you’d like to read more about how get better sleep, you can read the original article here: How to Get Better Sleep and Prevent Insomnia Without Medication.
Look for my next blog post where we will talk more about Healthy Sleep Habits for your Children and I will answer more of your questions. If you have a question you would like me to answer please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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