Sleep is an essential part of our lives and we all know that it is crucial that our children get a good nights sleep. Without it, our children’s behaviour is impaired and a bad night’s sleep can create monsters out of our little angels!
According to The Sleep Foundation, it is difficult to tell when your child is getting an insufficient amount of sleep as drowsy children do not necessarily slow down the way adults do. When tired, children will often display hyperactive behaviour and resist bedtime. This can lead to a very negative pattern of behaviour for the entire family with stressed parents and upset infants.
If you believe your child isn’t sleeping enough then speaking to a paediatrician should be your first step. It’s important to rule out any form of sleep disorder or medical condition and they will be able to advise on tips for a better night sleep. There are many steps you can take to improve the sleeping habits of your child, for example setting aside a time before bed to wind down properly and limiting the use of technology.
Dr Augusto Palombi, The Italian Medical Centre’s Paediatrician recommends that a good bed routine is important whatever the age. He has provided some essential tips that will help us get the best night sleep:
– Try to go to sleep at the same time every night, a good routine is crucial.
– For babies, they should have a bath and be changed into comfortable night clothes. A lullaby and a cuddle also helps!
– Avoid using screens for at least 1 hour before going to bed.
– Avoid any form of caffeine for the last 3/4 hours before settling down to sleep.
– Reading a book or listening to the radio relaxes the mind and can also help us to get a restful night sleep.
– Ensure the bedroom is kept cool (18/19 celsius). Keep the room dark and calm, better to not keep any technology in the room that has flashing lights as this can interfere with sleep.
– CDs with hypnotic music are also worth a try as they can help relax the mind.
The sleep foundation have put together the following guidelines indicating how much sleep your child requires to be fully rested:
At The Italian Medical Centre, we offer a variety of services for young children and adolescents, from paediatric care to psychological support and medical advice to help your children and ensure they get the best care and support. To contact us and view Dr Augusto Palombi’s profile follow this link: http://theitalianmedicalcentre.com/our-doctors/dr-augusto-palombi/