Sweet Dreams…Tips for a Good Nights Sleep

Apr 18, 2016, Sonya Patel

As parents of young children, the words “children + sleep” are often entered into search engines in hopes of the magic bullet for getting your little ones to sleep and stay asleep! Sleep routines can be helpful when trying to get kids to fall asleep especially after long days when both children and caregivers are exhausted and patience is often running thin!

What’s more,  according to Kids Health “Most kids between 5 and 12 get about 9.5 hours a night, but experts agree that most need 10 or 11 hours each night. Sleep is an individual thing and some kids need more than others.”

Not only does a good night’s sleep help promote growth and keep your child happy, here are Important Facts about Why Sleep is so Important from Health Ambition.

So what can you do to help ensure your child gets a good night sleep? You can start by trying these 5 Tips from the National Sleep Foundation:

  1. Teach school-aged children about healthy sleep habits.
  2. Continue to emphasize need for regular and consistent sleep schedule and bedtime routine.
  3. Make child’s bedroom conducive to sleep – dark, cool and quiet.
  4. Keep TV and computers out of the bedroom.
  5. Avoid caffeine.

Calming yoga poses, breath exercises and mindfulness activities are also great to incorporate into your bedtime routine to help wind down and get your child ready for deep slumber (they are also relaxing for parents!) Try any of our Calm and Focus Mindful Moments, like the Mindful Listening or Rain Stick Listening, which help calm our minds and tame those swirling thoughts that prevent many of us from falling asleep.

Or you can try some Calm and Focused Breathing exercises like Belly Breath or Take 5 Breath which also help refocus and calm energy to prep for a good night’s sleep.  Older children might enjoy listening to a Mindful Moment Story like the Calm and Focused Mindful Moment 3 (for 6-8th grade).

By calming down your body and your mind, you’re putting yourself in a better position for sweet and restful slumber.

So give it a try and let us know what you think!

Sweet Dreams!

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