Introduction: Why is Your Child Not Sleeping?
It is hard to imagine that your child has grown up to be reading, yet still relies on you for sleep. You are the one to tuck them in at night, feed them when they get hungry and help with the homework. Some parents go through a phase where they need their children’s help in terms of the housework – but this is not always the way. This particular situation could arise either because the child is insecure in their own abilities to help, or because of a general attitude that does not favour them.
The latter of these two scenarios is more likely to be the cause, especially when we look at how parents perceive their child’s abilities. You probably see your child as an extension of yourself, a version of you they can “grow into”. You may even assume that their ability to continue learning and growing is directly proportional to your own success and achievement.
The more you believe in your child, the more room for doubt you create. Doubt is the opposite of faith in a child’s ability. Doubt leads to the parent needing to micromanage the child and place unrealistic expectations on them. This may well cause your child to withdraw into their own fears and feelings of insecurity, possibly causing symptoms such as sleep issues or eating disorders (to name a few).
Why Children Need a Good Night’s Sleep
If your child has not gotten a good night’s sleep, it could be because they have been using their bedroom for study or other activities that do not involve sleep. You must then take responsibility for ensuring that your child gets a good night’s sleep. Remember that the younger the child, the longer they will need to stay in bed. It is also important that your child not go to bed hungry. Make sure they have fruit before bed and that they do not eat too much before going to bed.
How can you help your child get the most out of a good night’s sleep?
The first step is for you to set a good example by sleeping throughout the night. Some children will mimic their parents and begin to demand that their parents stay in bed as well. It is also important that you do not disturb your child while they are sleeping. If they wake up in the middle of the night, do not carry them to your bed as you may be teaching them that nighttime is for active pursuits.
What should your child eat before going to sleep?
How to Use Technology & Parent Education to Help with Sleep Issues?
As much as technology can be helpful in giving you information, it is important to always be cautious when receiving new advice or trying out new methods. Some of the things you may want to consider are the following: If your child has a school project that requires long hours of research and writing, it would be better for them to be in their room, no matter how late it is.
It is OK to give your child a smartphone or tablet, but always set up specific limits on how the device is used. Avoid allowing your child to play games of their choice for very long periods of time. Encourage good content, such as reading about current events and news items.
Don’t forget that screens are not a good substitute for face-to-face communication with other people outside the home. Media use has its own dangers when it comes to sleep problems. It is important to not only screen out potentially bad content but to also learn about digital media and its role in the learning process.
Examine the quality of light in your home, which is especially important if you have a child with a sleep disorder. This can be measured by using a light meter. If your child has a sleep disorder, consider using more natural light during the night time hours when they are sleeping.
Children who are high functioning can be a little more flexible with their schedules, but they will always need to be present while they are awake. The same must be true of parents, as well. Avoid using technology before bedtime in the name of “getting work done.” As we have seen in the past, this can end up causing an over-reliance on technology and not providing sufficient rest for everyone involved.
What is an Apnea & How Can an Apnea Detector Change the Game for Your Child?
Basically, an apnea is defined as a lack of oxygen in the body due to failure in breathing. It is therefore a common problem that affects many children and must be taken seriously. A sleep apnea test can be carried out, which will determine if there are any breathing problems contributing to lack of sleep. If there is a problem, then the child will be given a CPAP machine. A machine that has been proven to improve sleep at night for most children who are affected.
The main benefits of using the CPAP machine is that it will help to improve sleep by reducing the need for the child to wake early. Instead of waking up at 6:30, a child will be able to wake at 7am as opposed to 6:50am. This should provide more time for enjoying their day. The quality of sleep, will also improve as there will be less episodes of being tired, which means that they are more likely to wake earlier in the morning without feeling tired afterwards.
It is important for the parents of a child who has been diagnosed with sleep apnea to remind them as to why they should wear the CPAP machine at night. Many children are not used to wearing it and therefore will complain about it. However, it is important to persevere and ensure that they use the device at night. This should help them in improving their quality of sleep at night.
What Are the Best Ways to Help Give Kids Healthy Habits of Sleep?
When your child is growing up and starting to understand the difference between night and day, it is a good idea to set a good example. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep yourself, so that you can be active during the day. Do not allow your child to watch television or play computer games after dark, since this will interfere with their ability to fall asleep. Make sure the room is quiet and dark, with no lights on, since this will help your child sleep more soundly. Keep the bedroom cool, with white noise in the background and soft, tranquil music, to help create a peaceful sleep environment. Although it is important for children to be able to stay awake at times, make sure that it is not causing them health problems.
Helping children learn good sleep hygiene can be very helpful in getting their bodies used to going to bed at night and waking up early in the morning. In addition to setting a good example, this can help children develop some good habits, so that they will want to go to sleep when the sun is rising. It can also help children develop good sleep cycles, which are created by sleeping in a consistent pattern and getting to bed at the same time every night. It is possible for parents to teach their children about sleep habits.