Sleeplessness in young children is a common occurrence that is related to overstimulation and poor bedtime habits. But these are relatively easy to change.
Though kids’ sleep requirements fall within a predictable range based on age, each child has specific sleep needs. Still, because they are growing physically and processing a lot of unfamiliar neurological data, children need a lot more sleep than adults.
Bedtime battles often start during the toddler years, and unless parents can control the situation immediately, it can go on throughout childhood.
There isn’t one sure way to raise a good sleeper, but it is vital to establish healthy sleep habits early. Here are six tipsto get you (and your child) started:
For more parenting tips, check out these FN articles:
- 5 Steps to Calmer Evenings with Your Kids
- The Parenting Files: 8 Stress Busters for Teens
- Easy Does It: 20 Ways to Help Your Child Unwind
(First published in Good Housekeeping Magazine, Good Family section as "Teacher Says" in September 2008; adapted for use in Female Network)