New Year’s Resolutions For Sleep-Deprived Parents
How to make 2016 the year that you and your child sleep through the night…
As 2016 looms, forget hitting the gym or giving up chocolate – this year, you’re going to hit the pillow and give up your eye bags!
Sleep deprivation can be an exhausting problem for children, their parents and other family members. If you want to make 2016 a happy and healthy year for everyone, solving your nocturnal nightmares has got to be a top priority. Restful sleep improves physical, mental and emotional wellbeing all round, so make a good night’s kip your healthiest habit this New Year.
However, getting those precious eight hours is easier said than done when you’ve got a wriggly child who can’t make it through the night without waking. In response, we all develop bad habits that might make us feel better in the short term, but probably aren’t helping when it comes to long term sleeplessness.
Here are my Top Five New Year’s resolutions to help crack the case in 2016 and get the sleep of your dreams!
- I will not break the bedtime routine – No matter how awkward, fractious or noisy your child is being, don’t be tempted to change or skip a stage of the routine to try and calm them. All this does is let them know that their behaviour influences your decisions, so grit your teeth and stick with it!
- I will not let them stay up late to try and wear them out – Contrary to popular belief that kids will become sleepier as the evening wears on, over-fatigue can make children seem even more wired. Putting them to bed earlier than usual, before they show signs of tiredness, might do the trick.
- I will not let them take every toy they own into bed with them – Comforting as these little friends might seem, the presence of too many toys, books and supposedly restful things like mobiles can actually overstimulate your child, just when they should be nodding off.
- I will not crack and let them sit up when they get out of bed – When you’ve just settled down to watch Grey’s Anatomy and enjoy a bit of ‘me time’, the sight of a little head appearing around the living room door can make your heart sink. But it’s back to bed with them – letting them sit up with you is an easy option, but won’t reinforce the fact that your word is the law!
- I will not allow my bed to become their bed – Co-sleeping is one thing, but if your child officially has their own bed, letting them routinely decamp to your room will not help them get used to spending all night on their own. If a midnight slink under your covers has become the norm, it’s time to break the routine and put them firmly back in their own bed.
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