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Having a child is a blessing. Because he/she is a being you have created, and it always is heart-warming to see your offspring grow to become a successful individual.
That said, bringing up kids can be hard. There are a lot of factors at play. And one of them is sleep.
How do you put your child to sleep? How do you ensure your child sleeps peacefully and wakes up active and happy? That is what we will talk about in this post – the 7 techniques that can help improve your child's sleep.
1. Routine Is Good
You might say routines are boring. Well, that's okay. As long as they can put your child to restful sleep, they are fine. We all have something called the circadian rhythm (or the internal clock) that keeps our sleep patterns on track. Your child won't develop a normal sleep/wake pattern until you impose one.
So, ensure you put your child to sleep at the same time each night. This helps the child develop a healthy circadian rhythm, which eventually improves his/her sleep quality.
2. Stick To The Same Place
Here, we talk about the place where you put your child to sleep. If it's in your room, that's where your child must sleep every night. If your child has a separate room, make sure that is your child's regular sleeping area.
3. Keep Silence
If your child must understand it's sleep time, the environment must be conducive. The TV playing loud in the hall or parents chatting can make the child feel he/she is missing something. And this might keep him/her awake. Hence, once your child is in bed, turn off the lights and indulge in quiet and relaxing activities.
4. Dark Is Better
Keep your child's room as dark as possible. Pull the curtains close to block the light from outside. Turn off any electronic devices that emit light. You can switch off the bed light if not needed. Even a little glow from a digital alarm clock is enough to disrupt your child's sleep patterns. So, ensure you keep your child's room as dark and comfortable as possible.
5. No Big Meals Before Bedtime
This is basic. And obvious. Don't feed your child heavy meals before bedtime. Doing so might put his/her digestive system to work during the night, not allowing him/her to get restful sleep. Also, avoid caffeine products like chocolates. They might act as stimulants and keep your child awake the entire night.
6. A Big No To Tech
With the advent of technology, it is no surprise that children are learning to use gadgets and electronic devices at a young age. In a way, it is good. But it is very important for you to check the habit doesn't go overboard. Especially talking about the pre-sleep time, ensure your child doesn't get into the vicious habit of using electronic gadgets during bedtime. The blue light that is emitted from the devices can disrupt your child's sleep pattern. If this continues, it can have severe repurcussions in the future.
7. A Warm Bath
A warm bath right before bed can be extremely soothing to your child – exactly what he/she needs to get uninterrupted sleep. After coming out of a warm bath, your child's body temperature starts to cool and promotes restful sleep. You can also set your child's bed properly so that it is sleep-ready. Use proper and hygienic pillows and airy bedsheets.
More than anything else, it is your child's health that matters. Since sleep is a major contributing factor towards health, it is important you pay attention to your child's sleep habits – because, it's worth it!