Many movies show children tucked into bed, eagerly waiting for mum or dad to start reading them a story, and then promptly falling asleep as soon as they say “Once upon a time….” The reality is not so picture perfect, unfortunately. Bedtime is a constant struggle for parents and children alike. Getting mad at them when they get up for the umpteenth time to get a glass of water or go to the bathroom is not going to solve the problem. Here are some ways you can make it easier for everyone.
Have a regular schedule
Get your children up in the morning and send them to bed at night at the same time every day, even during holidays and weekends. This establishes the child’s biological clock so that they feel sleepy when they go to bed and wake up chirpy in the morning and throughout the day. It is a sign that they are not getting enough sleep if it takes forever to wake up in the morning or they nod off during the day. Adjust the sleep schedule accordingly and stick to it.
Make it cozy
The child’s room should be quiet, cool but not cold, and dim. Make sure you choose comfortable pajamas when you shop at JC Penney. This will make it easier for them to fall asleep. Soft music can also help calm and lull them. Avoid any excitement just before bedtime. You can tell them about the projected camping trip in the morning.
Don’t immediately dismiss any complaints your child makes about being unable to sleep. It may be a symptom of something else. If they are having trouble breathing, for example, they may have an obstruction. If the inability to sleep quickly persists despite following the first two tips, you may want to bring your child in to the pediatrician for a checkup. A simple solution may be available that can help you and your child sleep better.