Neg­a­tive im­pact tech­nol­ogy can have on chil­dren’s sleep

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Lisa Salmon

amount of bed­ding for the room tem­per­a­ture. 7. At­ten­tion please!

Dur­ing the prepa­ra­tion for bed, give your child or chil­dren your fullest pos­si­ble at­ten­tion, and try not to take tele­phone calls.

8. Don’t use bed­rooms as pun­ish­ment.

Chil­dren need to have happy as­so­ci­a­tions with the room in which they sleep if they’re go­ing to re­ally re­lax and sleep well.

9. Give re­as­sur­ance for sleep prob­lems.

School-age chil­dren can demon­strate a range of sleep dif­fi­cul­ties, in­clud­ing set­tling prob­lems, de­layed sleep on­set, wak­ing dur­ing the night and night­mares. Grace says that with most sim­ple set­tling and wak­ing prob­lems, par­ents should work with their child to re­as­sure them and also to help them to go off to sleep hap­pily and alone at the be­gin­ning of the night.

“It’s quite nor­mal for all of us to wake sev­eral times dur­ing the night,” she says, “and if you’re with your child when they first go off to sleep, then they’ll need to get you back to act as a sleep prompt at later wak­ings.”

10. Don’t let them get in your bed.

If your child is ac­cus­tomed to get­ting into your bed dur­ing the night, they’ll wake in an­tic­i­pa­tion of this move, warns Grace. “Know­ing they’re go­ing to be mov­ing dur­ing the night ac­tu­ally pre­vents many chil­dren from be­ing able to sleep re­ally well,” she adds.


The 40% of chil­dren aged be­tween six and 11 years who use tech­nol­ogy be­fore bed­time get 20 min­utes less sleep a night

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