Understanding Your Child’s Sleep: Bedtime Tips for Parents

Sunny Im-Wang, Psy.D.

To follow up from previous two posts, here are tips to help ensure that your child gets a good night’s sleep:

  • Stick to a regular bedtime.
  • Develop a calming routine each night to help your child relax. This may include a warm bath or a relaxing bedtime story.
  • Don’t keep a TV in your child’s room. Also, don’t allow him to watch intense or scary movies or shows late in the evening.
  • Make the bed for sleep only, rather than activities like texting or phoning friends, reading, or doing schoolwork. This will help your child to associate his bed with sleeping.
  • Don’t let him exercise late in the evening, as this can disrupt his sleep.
  • Don’t allow your child to eat or drink anything that contains caffeine late in the evening.
  • Limit beverages two hours before bedtime so your child won’t need to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
  • Keep the room at a comfortable temperature and as dark and quiet as possible.
  • Teach your child about reasons why we may awaken sometimes, such as when needing to go to the bathroom.

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