Today, Friday 19th March 2021 is International Sleep Day.
Good sleep is important for your child's physical and mental wellbeing. A relaxing bedtime routine is an important way to help your child get a good night's sleep.
Relaxation tips to help children sleep
Doing the same relaxing things in the same order and at the same time each night helps promote good sleep:
A warm (not hot) bath will help your child relax and get ready for sleep.Keeping lights dim encourages your child's body to produce the sleep hormone, melatonin.Once they're in bed, encourage your child to read quietly or listen to some relaxing music, or read a story together.
Don't forget your sleep is also very important. Please see tips below from the NHS.
- Keep regular hours.
- Keep the bedroom quiet and dark.
- Reduce caffeine intake.
- Take more exercise.
- Make sure your bedroom isn’t too hot or too cold.
- Write down worries on your to-do list.
- Don’t over-indulge on food and alcohol.
- Turn off gadgets.
- Relax properly before going to bed.
- Invest in a comfortable, supportive bed.
There are some information booklets that can be downloaded below.
- Sleep guide - child and adult friendly guide.
- Get better sleep – quick guide to a better night’s sleep
- Practical sleep advice sheet for children – one page overview
- Practical sleep advice sheet for adults – one page overview
- For more information from the NHS click here.