March 26, 2017
IT’S A FACT OF LIFE that kids are inquisitive little beings who don’t like missing out on anything. This is particularly true at night when the adults are still awake and children are supposed to be slumbering peacefully in their beds. So, it’s no wonder many kids don’t enjoy sleeping.
There’s also the issue of nighttime. When it’s dark, monsters come out to play, right? Because children often believe scary events happen during the hours of darkness, it can be hard for kids to relax. They might be frightened of every shadow they see and every noise they hear. Regular happenings can take on a whole new and scary angle in the dark.
In addition to the reasons above, many children are getting to bed too late to enjoy a decent sleep. The National Sleep Council points out that if kids go to bed after 9:00 p.m., they take more time to get to sleep. They’re also more restless at night and consequently get less overall sleep. This is often compounded by some parents not setting clear rules and routines around bedtime.
Getting enough sleep is crucial to the emotional well-being, development and growth of your child. Employing the following tips can help improve your child’s sleep.
Striking the right balance in terms of bedtimes for your children can be difficult. Remember though, that it’s not impossible. If your children are restless at night, scared of the dark, or believe monsters are lurking under the bed, help them out by providing a night light for their peace of mind. Kids can enjoy sleeping, and by following the advice above, you can get a good night’s rest too!