Time for Bed: Does It Matter?

  • Do you find your kids sleepy during the daytime?
  • Does the little one feel drowsy and fatigued when pulled out of bed in the morning?
  • Is it a chronic tiresome feel the toddler undergoes during the morning hours?
  • Does your child fall asleep in school?

If the answers to all these questions come in a positive nod then you will have to understand that your child is suffering from some kind of sleeping problem. The vital cause behind it is the wrong timing for going to bed.

Sound sleeping habits
Sleeping habits in children depend on two factors.

  • The first factor of major concern is the right time to go to bed and to wake up.
  • And this in turn will fix the schedule for right hours of sleep a child needs as per the age.
  • When there is a perfect match between these two aspects, the probability of getting sleep in the wrong hours is quite reduced.

The restlessness factor in your child has to be brought down by setting his/her activities in a time-table. Forming habit depends on the routine factor of doing a thing.

Habit itself is something you need to follow regularly. Therefore inculcating the right sleeping habit in your kid will reflect upon both the activity part and the relaxation part. If a child is less active and not so much inclined towards play, a sound sleep will be a rare pleasure for the tiny tot. An active baby falls fast asleep and wakes up fresh.

Child psychology regarding bedtime
One of the interesting aspects of kids’ bedtime and sleeping problems researched by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is that, a sense of departing or separation makes the child feel isolated during bedtime.

In many children the recurrent urge to go to toilet just before going to sleep or when on bed is an outcome of this psychology. Parents and other adults present at home should pamper or tell stories when they put the children to bed. This helps the child to imagine and enter into the world of dreams quite easily.

Relaxation before falling asleep
The National Sleep Foundation has formulated the technique that will allow the child to fall asleep without any stress.

  • Don’t scold your kid if he’s not willing to sleep at that moment. Try to detect the cause.
  • If you find he is engaged in an interesting thing, you will have to slowly put it off and change the direction of interest. Television and computer games are often the biggest obstacles to a child’s sound sleep. Fix up schedules for those entertainments and show them with cause that why sleeping in the right hour is so important.
  • Finally what the National Sleep Foundation calls as the calm-down session of bedtime is very essential. This is a pre-resting part before falling to sleep. Create a peaceful environment before bedtime in your home and your child will automatically go to bed without making a fuss.

The right bedtime is indeed a big aspect of parenting concern and childcare.