Sleep plays a huge role in a child’s development, growth, behavior, and mood. A child who faces a sleeping problem will be emotional, act out, and can even display signs of inattentiveness and an inability to focus that affects their learning curve.
How can you make your child sleep better?
- Prevent seasonal allergies from occurring
- Set up a sleep-routine
- Prevent screen usage 2 hours before bedtime
- Avoid sugars before bedtime
- Make sure they are not afraid
Prevent seasonal allergies from occurring
If you find your child having trouble sleeping during the same time each year or with any seasonal changes, then there’s a huge probability they are affected by seasonal allergies.
Because seasonal allergies cause a congested nose, fatigue, and a lot of itchiness, a child’s quality of sleep can be really affected. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s not curable. On the contrary, in order to fix your child’s sleeping problem, all you need to do is ensure that they take seasonal allergy medication and limit their exposure to allergens.
Set up a routine
In order to help your child fall asleep, you need to set the mood and allow their brain to understand what it means to sleep. This can be done by setting up a sleep routine that they’re familiar with on a daily basis. It could include taking a shower before going to sleep, reading a book, and putting them to bed at the same time each day.
Prevent screen usage 2 hours before bed-time
One of the main problems of screens is that the blue light it emits tricks the brain into staying awake as it reduces the production of melatonin. This hormone helps regulate sleep as it allows the body to feel tired and sleepy. In order to help your child sleep better, you need to make sure your child’s melatonin level is high by preventing screen usage at least two hours before bed.
A child has a lot of energy they need to release during the day. Unfortunately, if that doesn’t happen, they become restless and unable to sleep. In order to help your child sleep better, they need to exercise during the day on a regular basis to release the energy from their system and be tired enough to fall asleep.
Avoid sugars before bedtime
Sugar acts as a stimulant that keeps your child alert, energized, and unable to sit still. This can interfere heavily with a child’s ability to sleep as well as cause other health issues. Avoiding sugar as much as possible, but especially before bedtime can have a huge impact on your child’s sleep quality and ability to sleep.
Make sure they are not afraid
Remember when you used to be scared of the monsters under your bed or inside your closet? Many children today are still afraid of the same things. In order to improve your child’s sleep quality or help them fall asleep, you can make them feel a lot better by communicating and trying to understand their fear.