Anyone who has a child knows they they would do anything to make sure their children had the best of everything. Happiness and especially health are at the top of every parents wish list. Sleep is one of the most important elements to every healthy child. Proper sleep encourages both physical and mental development in children. By the age of two, most children spend more time asleep than awake. A child should spend around 40% of their childhood asleep, according to experts. Bedtimes and nap time should be an important part of any parent's routine for their children. There are many things that parents can do to ensure their children are getting the proper amount of sleep. 

5 Tips To Healthy Sleep For Children

  1. Avoid Anxiety- It may not seem like it, but the life of a child can be stressful. Your child may be be prone to anxiety, especially if there is a big game or test on the following day. Take time to talk to your children about whatever is causing their anxiety to let them know that they aren't in it solo. Knowing that their parent is supportive will help your child to sleep more soundly at night.
  2. Cut Nighttime Drinks- Drinks after a certain time can inhibit anyone's ability to sleep soundly, especially a child with a small bladder. Setting a rule of no drinks within 2 hours of bedtime can help cut back on trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night. This helps both child and parent sleep, especially if you are still taking trips to the bathroom with with your child.
  3. Create A Routine- A set bedtime routine is essential for everyone, especially children who thrive on routine. Establish your routine and stick with it. Creating a bedtime ritual will help smoothly transition your child into sleep.
  4. Bedroom Is A Quiet Zone- A child's bedroom should be a quiet zone, especially close to bedtime. Televisions and video games are a huge distraction for children, as are electronics. If your child has a television in their room, be sure to set strict rules for viewing times. There are many televisions with child lock settings that only allow televisions to be turned on during certain hours. Any electronics such as tablets or smartphones can be a distraction as well. Set limits on your child's use of these electronics, especially as the time comes for them to hit the pillows.
  5. Ensure Comfort - Your child's comfort should be a priority when designing their bedroom. Many times parents will overlook the comfort level of their child's mattress, with is an important element to a great night's sleep for anyone. Investing in a quality memory foam mattress will ensure healthy sleep for your child, as well as the longevity of your child's mattress.

The tips above are are a great start to ensuring healthy sleep for your child. As your child grows, these sleep tips become even more important. Enforcing rules and restrictions will take some definite effort on your part, but with time your child will be sleeping during decent hours.

How do you get your children to fall asleep at night?