When you toss and turn at night and struggle to get to sleep or wake in the middle of the night, both your energy levels and emotional balance can be thrown into turmoil. With children, lack of sleep or poor sleep patterns can change their behaviour for the worst and their lower their concentration levels.
Good sleep habits start with good waking habits and making a few simple changes to your daytime and bedtime routines will have a positive impact on how well you sleep. So, here’s our top tips for a good night’s sleep, leaving you and your family feeling revitalised and full of energy.
Slow Down the Tempo
This is especially important for children but it’s good advice for adults too. Make sure that activities are slowed down as bedtime approaches, so the body and the brain slowly get into gear and relaxes. You sleep better when there is dark, cool and calm around you. Make sure you have an open window or air the room well before bedtime and use blackout curtains or a sleep mask to keep the light out.
Having a routine at bedtime will help children know that it’s time for bed without the drama. Set a time when its bedtime and stick to it. Make regular rituals starting with bath time, toothbrushing and a goodnight story. Making bedtime fun but calm and sticking to a routine will help aid sleep.