When children get up in the middle of the night, they may fall back asleep quietly on their own. It’s only when kids don’t fall back to sleep quietly- but wake their parents- that these disturbed sleep patterns of your children might turn into a problem. A growing kid needs at least 8-10 hours of sleep every day, but your child’s disturbed sleep might affect his/her performance in school as well.
So here are a few parenting tips on how to deal with your child’s disturbed sleep patterns.
- Same time every night
Consistency is the key- ensure that your kid goes to sleep at the same time every night, this will help your kid’s mind and body adjust to the routine.
- Pre-bed ritual
A proper relax time with your kid, right before he/she falls asleep will make them feel comfortable and safe. This can include: bedtime reading, recounting the day or just singing to your kid. This will also strengthen the bond between you and your child.
- Cut back or increase daytime naps
According to how disturbed a sleep your child went through the previous night, cut back or increase your kid’s daytime naps accordingly.
- Full stomach
Most importantly, ensure your child goes to bed on a full stomach. Sometimes, hunger pangs are the source of many kids’ disturbed sleep.
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