Sleep is an important part of our everyday lives. Our bodies need sleep in order to stay healthy, think, move, interact, and feel our best.
An ideal place to start is to take a fresh look at your child’s sleep environment.
- child’s bedroom should be comfortable, quiet, and dark.
- A nightlight is fine, as a completely dark room can be scary for some children.
- Bedding should be clean, soft, comfy, and something they enjoy.
- Colors of the room should be light and calming.
- child’s room should be clean and free of clutter.
- cool room, around 65 degrees, is the ideal temperature.
Some children with special needs have a lot of difficulty calming their bodies back down. Some things that are great to have in the room:
- lights that change colors slowly and gradually
- soothing color changing lights
- small waterfall
Establishing nighttime routine is paramount. though bedtime routines for children isn't always the easiest thing to do, as most parents know, children are prone to delay, whine, and protest at bedtime.
Begin winding down the process about an hour before the intended sleep time so bedtime doesn’t come abruptly.
Giving a “10 Minute Warning” is also effective, letting the child know that bedtime is approaching.
Start with quiet activities, such as taking a bath, changing into pajamas, reading a book together, telling stories, listening to soothing music, and by just simply talking about how their they went.
Turn on a night light, tuck him in and say your goodnights. Promise your child you’ll be back in a few minutes to check on her to make sure she’s asleep. Keep that promise.
The key is to get your child’s body into a rhythm so they get tired at the same time every night.