Thursday, March 31, 2016

Help! My Kids Won't Sleep When Nights Are Lighter

*It should be noted, in Arizona we do not observe DST. But this post is still helpful for anyone once the warmer months start to kick in*

It can be tough getting used to the time changes when Daylight Saving Time kicks in. We may only lose an hour, but it can take a little while for our bodies to adjust adequately. You may feel more tired than usual, especially in the mornings. Your snooze button might be getting a bit of an extra hammering, getting out of bed is a tough job for most of us at the very best of times!  It’s a real boon to have extra hours of daylight, and it’s a sure sign that summer is on the way.

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So if you find it hard to adjust, imagine how hard it is for your little ones. You’ll probably know that already, though! It’s not much fun for any of you, and when kids are tired, they are grumpy. Now, no one needs that! Bringing up children is a tough job, and it doesn’t help when they’re not firing on all cylinders. Tiredness can lead to tantrums and acting up. But try not to worry, it will pass, and there are steps you can take to make it much easier for everyone!

Blackout blinds or curtains are the first weapons in your arsenal. Cutting out the light will help give your little ones brain a powerful cue that it is time to sleep. A bath before bed helps too. The body needs to drop a degree in temperature to help achieve sleep, and the lowering of the body’s temperature after a bath mimics this. A few drops of lavender in the tub and on a tissue placed near a pillow can work wonders. Lavender promotes sleep and relaxation entirely naturally. Don’t be tempted to let them watch tv or play with a tablet until they fall asleep; blue light has a detrimental effect on sleep patterns. Try to reduce screen time, especially in the last two hours before bedtime, and your offspring are far more likely to drop off with no fuss.

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Brighter, longer evenings may not be the only thing that is stopping your little one from getting to sleep and staying in the land of nod. Having to continually return children to their bed can be stressful, after all, it is late, and you are both tired. Noise can play a major factor too. Some people can sleep through loud noises and wouldn’t stir if a herd of elephants passed by. But others wake at the slightest creak or little sound. A baby sound machine can be useful in this scenario. By making white nose, they cut out many of the noisy distractions that can help kids drop off, and stay asleep!

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Routine and consistency are crucial to making for easier bedtimes. If you want your children to go to bed with minimum fuss, then it is going to take some effort. But it will be more than worth it in the end. Little ones need to sleep to grow, and their developing brains need this time to relax too. You’ll all be much happier when you’re getting enough sleep!

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