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05/03/2019
To a developing child, a healthy sleeping routine is a necessity. To ensure your child has a healthy relationship with sleep, follow the tips in this post by The Tutoring Center, Parsippany NJ.

How to Instill Healthy Sleeping Habits in Your Child

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Tell Your Child About the Importance of Sleeping

Your child is still developing their body and brain. In this stage in their life, sleeping is more important than ever. Moreover, your child is at a very receptive age, meaning that they're willing to listen to you and are eager to learn more about themselves and the world around them. That's why, the first thing you should do is have a conversation. If you simply explain to them why they should have healthy sleeping habits, they may actually be excited to follow your recommendations.

Keep Your Child Moving

The next part is guaranteeing that your child uses up their energy before it's time for them to go to bed. Seemingly, children have all of the energy in the world. Still, being tired is a necessity in order to have a restful night. For that reason, you should make it a point of keep your child moving during the day, so they want to sleep during the night. Enroll them in dance class, swim class, or other physically demanding activity. Playing with them and having them walk the dog each day can also help.

Create a Sleeping Schedule

Something to be mindful of is that your child requires a set sleeping schedule that they follow every single day (yes, even on the weekends). This is because creating a habit can make their brain and body have more restful and effective nights. To instill that routine, ensure they go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Also, try to guarantee that they get between 8 to 11 hours of sleep each night (though the number of hours will depend on your child's needs).

Follow a Bedtime Routine

On the same subject of creating routines and making a habit out of them, you can have your child follow a nightly bedtime routine. This will let their body and mind know when it's time to start shutting down for the day. Your child's bedtime routine can include eating dinner, taking a shower, putting their pajama on, brushing their teeth, hopping into bed and reading for a few minutes before you turn the lights off. In any case, guarantee they follow their bedtime routine every night.

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Establish Some Rules

Setting rules regarding your child's sleeping routine is essential, as they teach your child about discipline. Moreover, your child needs limits and guidance, so they can have restful nights. To ensure they do, set the following rules:
  1. If they get hungry after dinner, don't let them eat heavy meals. Something light, like an apple, will calm their hunger without interfering with their sleep.
  2.  They should avoid eating and drinking anything with too much sugar or caffeine hours before going to bed.
  3. Likewise, they shouldn't watch TV or use another screen an hour before bed, since the blue light can keep them up.

Design the Perfect Sleeping Environment

The environment in which a person sleep can definitely have an impact in the quality of your sleep. For that reason, Alaska Sleep Clinic recommends following these tips to create the perfect sleeping environment:
  • The room should be completely dark, quiet and clean.
  • The temperature should be around 65°.
  • The bed should have an ergonomic mattress, as well as comfortable pillows and blankets.

Create a Reward System

Last but not least, if your child is reluctant to follow your rules and routine, there are ways in which you can persuade them (at least at first, while they get used to the change in habits). For instance, you can create a reward system. If they follow the new routine perfectly for two weeks, they get to pick an activity they want to do over the weekend (such as going to the movies or a museum).

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