Here are some suggestions:
- Pick a reasonable bed time and stick to it. Our kids will often fall asleep at a very early hour, sometimes right after dinner. Although this may give your family some time to yourselves in the evening you will undoubtedly be looking at a wake time of 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning and unless you have also gone to bed after dinner this is sure to have an impact on your entire day.
- Create a routine after dinner that keeps your child's interest but is not so stimulating that it will be difficult to transition from wakefulness to sleep. There are a number of apps and computer games that are fun and interesting but calming at the same time. Search for " nighttime games for iPads or PC's".
- Low impact exercise will also keep your child awake but not interfere with the transition from awake to asleep, in fact this is the best way to transition to bedtime. Walking, yoga and stretching exercises are a good way to calm the body down.
- Choose a morning routine that is quiet and predictable. This will start your day off right and will make waking less stressful for your child. If your morning is typically hectic it is much more likely that your child will learn to stay in bed to avoid facing the anxiety of a busy routine.
- Naps throughout the day may be necessary but keep them short and as early in the day as possible.
And it goes without saying that getting a good nights sleep yourself is the very best thing for you and your family too.
Manager of PWS Services
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