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05/03/2019
Restful nights are imperative in the development of a child's mind and body. To ensure your child has good sleeping habits, read this post by The Tutoring Center, Frisco TX.

How to Instill Healthy Sleeping Habits in Your Child

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Have a Conversation With Your Child

The first step is a simple but important one: have a conversation with your child about why they need to build healthy sleeping habits. More often than not, children are eager to learn more about the world around them and about their own bodies. This means that if you sit down with them and relay the importance of having a good night's sleep every day for their own development, they may feel more compelled to listen to you when you tell them it's time for bed.

Get Them Tired

Children have seemingly endless amounts of energy. They can run, jump, play and dance all day without stopping. Still, being tired is a key element in guaranteeing a good night's sleep. That's why it's crucial that you tire your child out before the sun goes down. There are a few ways in which you can make that happen. For example, you can enroll them in a sport or another physically demanding class. If you have a dog at home, ensure they play with it and walk it every day, to use up all of their energy.

Have Them Follow a Set Sleeping Schedule

Routines are powerful. Having healthy sleeping habits that they keep up with every day can help your child's mind and body have more restful and successful nights. To that end, it's imperative that you have them follow a set sleeping schedule. This means ensuring they go to bed and wake up at the same time every day (yes, even on the weekends). While creating their sleeping schedule, verify that your child will sleep between 8 to 11 hours each night (the exact number of hours will depend on their age and their needs).

Create a Bedtime Routine for Them

Speaking of how powerful routines can be, create a bedtime routine for your child. If they follow the same steps each night, they will know it's time to wind down upon beginning the routine. For example, their bedtime routine can go as follows: having supper, taking a shower, brushing their teeth, changing into their pajamas, and getting into bed. Once in bed, your child could take a few minutes to read (you could even do it together) before finally turning the lights off and falling asleep.

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Establish Rules

Rules are necessary in a child's life, as they will help guide them in the right direction. In this case, they're also necessary because if they don't follow them, your child will end up having bad sleeping experiences. These rules should be:
  • Don't eat heavy meals after a certain time. If your child gets hungry late at night, give them a light snack, like an apple.
  • Avoid caffeine or sugary drinks/foods at night, as they will perk up your child.
  • Turn off all screens (like the TV or the cellphone) at least an hour before bed because the blue light can keep them awake.

Set the Perfect Conditions for Sleeping

Where your child sleeps and how they sleep can have a definite impact in the quality of their sleep. For that reason, as Alaska Sleep Clinic suggests, you should create the perfect conditions for sleeping. Said conditions should include:
  • A dark, quiet, clean room to sleep in
  • The temperature around the 65°
  • Comfortable pillows and blankets
  • An ergonomic mattress

Work Out a Reward System

Last but not least, if you're having trouble getting your child to bed each night, it may be a good idea to work out a reward system to motivate them. Especially at first, your child may have a challenging time getting used to the new schedule. A reward system in which you offer to take them to the movies over the weekend if they sleep and wake up at the right time every day may provide the incentive they need to follow it correctly.

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