As any parent can attest to, getting children to go to bed can be quite the battle, and a losing one at that. While sleeping is an integral part to any child’s development, the excitement of the day and wanting to stay up with the “grown ups” can sometimes be too much. Sleep is vital for a child’s mental and physical development, but this doesn’t mean getting a child to bed – and getting them to stay there – is an easy task. When kids don’t get enough sleep, they have an even more difficult time controlling their emotions and may be irritable or hyper, which is no fun for anyone. This is one of the main reasons why creating a safe, inviting, and comfortable place for your child to lay their head at night is important.
Depending on their age, it may behoove you to look into creative bedding and decor ideas in order to make the idea of going to sleep way cooler. Bunk beds, lofts, sleigh beds, and theme beds are all great ideas that will not only inspire your children day after day, but make them far more likely to want to go to bed. Teamed with regular schedules and bedtime rituals, the right bedding can go a long way in establishing and maintaining better sleep habits. Mom’s Bunk House offers a wide selection of children’s bunk beds and many other styles, allowing you to choose the right one for your child’s interests and needs.
Other than the bedding, here are a few smart tips to help you get your kids to sleep faster and easier on a nightly basis:
Make Sleep a Priority for the Whole House
Bedtime can become quite the battle when your kids’ bodies aren’t accustomed to going to sleep at a certain time, which is why it is important to set regular go-to-bed and wake-up times not just for your little ones, but for the whole family. You will be able to tell that your kids are getting enough sleep and have adapted to the schedule you set when they fall asleep within 15 to 30 minutes of going to bed, wake up easier in the morning, and don’t get sleepy during the day.
Have a Consistent Bedtime Routine
Routines are critical to how a child views bedtime and how much sleep they get, especially for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Doing specific things before bed – such as bath and story time – will signal to your kiddo that bedtime is next. This will be a comforting and relaxing feeling, in most cases, and will prepare your child for a good night’s sleep.
Turn off the TV
Experts recommend that the TV should be turned off at least two hours before bedtime in order to allow your child’s mind and body to settle down. Research indicates that light from a TV screen (or computer) can actually interfere with the production of the hormone melatonin. Melatonin promotes healthy sleep cycles and levels are highest when most people are tired and ready to hit the sack, which is why it is important to not mess with our natural system before bed with bright lights and sounds.
Try to Reduce Stress Before Bedtime
Cortisol is another hormone that plays a role in sleep. Also known as the “stress hormone”, when cortisol levels are high, your child’s body won’t be able to shut down and go to sleep. Because of this, it is important that you engage in calming bedtime activities in order to prepare your child for bed and keep cortisol levels low.
Combined with a bedroom they love and a bed that will support them as they float into dreamland, the above tips should be a good reference if you are having problems getting your child to sleep. Remember to visit Mom’s Bunk House to check out our selection of children’s bedroom sets and more!