Sleep is So Important for Children: Nail the Bedtime Routine

There are statistics that show that children, all over the world, are getting less sleep than ever before. This is an alarming trend which some devastating consequences. Not being able to concentrate and focus in school is just the tip of the iceberg. Tired children could develop behavioural problems. In addition, family lives become disrupted and parents become distraught and stressed. There are a number of reasons that children aren’t getting enough sleep. Take a look at this post to see what the problems are and how to solve them…

Why Aren’t Children Getting Enough Sleep?

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It is recommended that those aged around three years old should have about 11 hours of sleep a night. This drops to 10 hours for ten-year-olds, and nine hours for 15-year-olds. Often children aren’t getting this amount of sleep.

 

Some of the most common reasons for this lack of sleep include poor diets, dependance on technology and parent working longer hours. All of these can contribute to the problem of poor sleep and have to be tackles.

 

How Can We Improve Our Child’s Sleep?

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One of the main things to do is switch off all electronics and hour or so before bed. You may think that watching cartoons or playing on an iPad is calming your child down, but it’s not. What technology actually does is keep us awake. Basically, the light that comes from the TV or your smartphone or computer disrupts the production of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone which is released as the sun goes down. It makes us feel tired. This is part of the problem. The other problem is that children are becoming increasingly ‘addicted’ to technology. It’s difficult for children to switch off both mentally, and literally, from the piece of tech they’re using before bed. When they do tear themselves away their brains are still working overdrive and they haven’t calmed down.

 

Poor diet is another problem. If our children are eating the wrong things before, or too close to bed, they won’t settle. Avoid any sugary foods before bed. This will cause an energy spike and make them restless. Instead, a healthy balanced meal is best. Give your child time to digest before bed. This means they won’t be up during the night needing the toilet.

 

Another way to improve sleep is to focus on the small things. Make sure your child has a bath before bed. Hot soapy water is a great way to relax a child. In addition, it will make distracting them from screen easier. Once they’ve had a bath make sure you have comfortable pajamas for them to slip into. Kids Fendi have some great options which are soft on children’s skin and comfortable. Avoid anything too restrictive. Then read a story or have some quiet time before bed. No overly stimulating play or computer screens. Get your child into this routine so that they know it’s coming up to bedtime.

 

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Stacking cups & bricks {The Ordinary Moments} #13

Its Sunday, time to link up with Katie at mummydaddyme for this weeks Ordinary Moments

 

This week Arthur I have noticed that Arthur has really started playing with his stacking cups. We got him them for Christmas and he has always enjoyed playing with them individually and watching us build them up so he can smash them down. Now though he’s starting to stack them inside each other and trying to stack them up on top of each other.

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He’s also starting to stack the little bricks from his brick trolly up top!

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These new stacking skills are definitely things he’s still working on, it takes him a little while to do it and he hasn’t yet stacked anything more than one on top of another.  He also gets pretty cross when it doesn’t go how he wants it to go.  I can’t help but find it funny seeing him get frustrated when he can’t do it because he definitely got that trait from me, poor little guy!!

It’s really nice watching this skill developing, such a simple little thing but really it is a huge development for him!  A big change for play time but something we will be spending lots of time doing for a long while to come!

 

Happy Sunday

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