Helping your child to get a good night's sleep
wake up 3 or more times a night at least 4 times a week?
Difficulties with sleeping come in all shapes and sizes but GP's will often diagnose a sleep problem in children over two if any of the above symptoms are present.
It could be that your child fits these criteria exactly. Or it may be that you are simply aware that your child isn’t settling as well as they could at night and have begun to notice that this is affecting their ability to wake up in the morning, to learn and concentrate at school.
Perhaps your child seems hyperactive – especially in the evenings*. Or perhaps your teenager is full of life until the small hours but then can’t get up for college in the morning. Whatever the case, you have almost certainly come to this website in desperation, seeking some information and practical ideas that will help you to help your child to sleep better
You are in the right place. Read on.
Sleep is, as we all know, vitally important. When we get enough of the right type and quality of sleep we feel energised, motivated and able to cope with the challenges that life inevitably throws our way. When we don’t, we feel exhausted, irritable, unable to concentrate and overwhelmed by relatively small problems. If a child has difficulties sleeping, it can have a huge impact on a whole family’s quality of sleep as parents and siblings are disturbed or kept awake. So it could well be, if you are reading this, that you are feeling tired. Perhaps you were up with your child last night. Perhaps they wake before dawn every morning. Or perhaps you spend several hours each evening trying to settle them instead of having time to recharge your own batteries.
The good news is that there are many ways to promote good sleeping patterns and habits. Like anything, sleeping well is a skill which some children develop naturally whilst others need a little more help to acquire it. And it is a skill which, once learned, will stand your child in good stead for the rest of their lives as the more we understand about the links between good sleep, dreaming and our mental health and well-being, the more we understand the vital role that sleep plays in determining the quality of our lives.
In order to bring about beneficial changes in your child’s sleeping habits, the first essential is to determine whether your child is ready to sleep when they go to bed. After all, much of the preparation for a good night’s sleep actually takes place hours before bedtime. Drawing on the latest research into the brain and on our years of experience in helping children to master the art of sleeping well, we have devised a simple online audit which will indicate whether there are areas in which changes made before going to bed could have very positive results.
*It is becoming more widely understood that a child who is overtired becomes hyperactive. So if your little one is still bouncing off the walls at 10.00pm it