Different distractions in today’s time can lead to children sometimes developing erratic sleep patterns - which is not healthy at their age.
For active kids, a good night's rest is the most important part of the routine. How do we ensure that?
Here are a few measures you can take to ensure your child has a healthy night’s rest. Our lives have intertwined largely with electronics and we often fail to realise the adverse effects of these devices on our sleep pattern. Children are most susceptible to these disturbances. Hence, make sure your kids aren’t handling any gadgets or aren’t up watching the TV for too long. It’s recommended to switch off the TV at least two hours before bedtime.
With unpredictable lifestyles being common in metros, it is imperative that you set a fixed time when your children should go to bed. It takes incredible patience but it will only work out if you figure out the sleep patterns of your child and accordingly set a
bedtime for them.
Having a sleep-inducing environment is also crucial. Make sure their bedroom has dim lights or a lamp shade, while you narrate a story or play lullabies to them. Another important factor, which we generally forget to acknowledge, is comfort.
Comfort comes from different places. Is the height of the bed appropriate? Are the curtains too dark? Is your bed linen comfortable? These are some of the questions you need answered while designing their bedroom.
Yes, bed linen needs to be comforting to the child’s sensitive skin. A coarse bed sheet that doesn’t let a body breathe will give a disturbed sleep and they will end up being restless and cranky in the morning. Make sure the pillows and bed mattress are neither too soft nor too hard to give just the right lumbar support for their growing bodies.
Change their comforters and blankets if the seasonal temperatures in your city change drastically. You can also clean up your ancestral dohar for winters- nothing better than the love and warmth of your family to give them a good sleep.
Again, you must remember to take off the focus from “sleeping” as an activity - it should come naturally to them. Don’t stress on the fact that they should sleep because its bedtime, rather ensure that they feel relaxed and calm when they’re tucked in.
The steps are small, but they are effective in the long run while being key to a healthy lifestyle.