Help your rest­less sleep­ers

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

GET­TING a good night’s sleep is not only im­por­tant to adults, but also vital for chil­dren as it di­rectly af­fects their de­vel­op­ment men­tally and physically.

Par­ents of­ten worry about what time their child should go to sleep and whether they’re stay­ing up too late.

An­other con­cern is about chil­dren who strug­gle to set­tle down at bed time or con­stantly wake up dur­ing the night.

It is im­por­tant that par­ents know that sleep­ing dif­fi­cul­ties are com­mon and con­sis­tently raised with Wide Bay Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice child health nurses. It is some­thing our team can help with.

When is bed­time and should it be the same time each night?

It is fairly com­mon for chil­dren not to want to go to bed and to stay up play­ing etcetera, but it is im­por­tant that you do have a reg­u­lar rou­tine that you stick to.

From six months and older, a con­sis­tent bed time and a rou­tine will help have your chil­dren set­tle.

Some­times it is dif­fi­cult to have a reg­u­lar bed­time when fam­i­lies (es­pe­cially with older sib­lings) have com­mit­ments in­volv­ing work, com­mu­nity events or sports train­ing in the evenings.

If you do have com­mit­ments that make this dif­fi­cult, then try to en­sure bed­time stays within a two hour win­dow for your child.

If you de­cide bed­time is 7pm, but for in­stance have a com­mit­ment on Fri­day that makes it dif­fi­cult, then try to en­sure the bed­time is still be­fore 9pm on that par­tic­u­lar evening.

My child strug­gles to get to sleep

There can be a va­ri­ety of rea­sons why your child strug­gles to get to sleep. It is im­por­tant that your child has wind-down time and can re­lax be­fore go­ing to bed.

Rather than watch­ing tele­vi­sion or run­ning around, try to en­sure that in the last hour be­fore bed­time that your child is rest­ful.

Once it is bed­time, it is a good idea with younger chil­dren to have a rou­tine of bath, story and bed. This helps chil­dren set­tle into bed.

Older chil­dren should lis­ten to gen­tle mu­sic, use breath­ing ex­er­cises or read their own book to set­tle down.

Phone your lo­cal WBHHS child health team on:  Gayn­dah – 4161 3571  Mun­dub­bera – 4165 5222  Monto – 4166 9300  Biggen­den – 4127 6400  Eidsvold – 4165 7100

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