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The "Magic" of good sleep routines

People who know me and all about me know how passionate I am about sleep. 

Of course I’m also passionate about babies and children – it is my day job,  also I have two of them and 3 grandchildren! But you know – they are amazing little sponges and they soak up every scrap of information you throw at them ? (unless it’s something they don't want to do the then they don't seem to soak it up in quite the same way!) 

Naturally I’m really passionate about children’s’ sleep. Giving a child the ability to have a good night's sleep is a gift. Sleep is essential for the mental, physical health and overall wellbeing of children and teens. 

Good sleep psychology - It’s about setting good sleep habits for the future – we know that poor sleep habits from an early age can lead to long term sleep problems. 

Other studies in children and teens have found that: 
– adding just one hour of extra sleep decreases the chances of being overweight or obese by around 30% – sleepless nights has contributed to the rise in teen depression 
– up to two-thirds of children do not get enough sleep and have missed out on as much as 4,500 hours by their seventh birthday 
– there is a link between lack of sleep and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) in children 
– an extra hour of sleep a night can boost youngster’s alertness and brainpower 

A good sleep practise is essential and that for the majority of parents and their children, implementing and sticking to a consistent bedroom routine really does work. Children really benefit from routine – adults can too – and bedtime should be a calm and positive experience. Don't "threaten" your children with going to bed. 

Children are not able to understand the importance of sleep so they will look to parents to set boundaries for switching off gadgets and enforcing appropriate bed times and winding down routines. 

I always say that distractions in the bedroom are at the root of many sleep related problems. Screen activity is highly stimulating and the blue light that is emitted from tablets and smartphones interferes with melatonin production. 

It really is a good idea to limit excessive use, especially in the hours before your child goes to bed. Recent studies have found that children who slept next to devices such as smartphones, tablets etc got 20.6 fewer minutes of sleep on weekdays compared to children who didn’t have them in their bedrooms. Those children were also more likely to say they felt like they hadn’t had enough sleep. 

You will find a  bed time routine in my book but if you would like me to help create on just for you then contact me via the website.

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