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5 Benefits of Helping Your Kids Create a Nighttime Routine

Routines can add structure and stability to your life. Good habits like this start young. Try implementing healthy routines into your kids’ lives. Here are a few benefits of helping your kids to create a nighttime routine.

Transition

The first benefit is that it can help the child to transition from day to night a lot easier. A routine declares that the day is over and it is nighttime. This means that the children are going to have the ability to shift from a busy day to a calming state before they go to sleep. When your child is very active, then they are going to have some difficulty falling asleep because they will not be able to calm down before they go to bed.

Predictable

The second benefit is that it helps the child to develop a more predictable sleep time. Basically, you need to look at the times that the child is waking up in the morning. If one morning, they are waking up early and late the next morning, this could be that their internal body clock is a little off. But when the bedtime routine is consistent, then the child will be able to set their internal clock. Of course, this is something that your child is not even going to be aware of what they are doing at the time. But they will be able to fall asleep easily.

Better sleep

The third benefit is that the child is going to have the ability to sleep better. This means that the child is not going to wake up as much during the night. When there is a bedtime routine, the child will be able to fast asleep faster and will sleep for a long period of time. In fact, there is a chance that they will sleep for about an hour a night compared to children who did not have a routine bedtime. Not only will the children be sleepy and they will be able to sleep throughout the night.

Safety

The fourth benefit is that it is one of the best ways that the children are going to feel safe. This is because of the rules and structure that is involved in having a bedtime routine. This is one of the main reasons why a child is going to want to hear the same story over and over again when they are trying to fall asleep. It is a great idea for the children to always know what is going on when they are trying to fall asleep at night and they will behave better.

Health

Routines can help establish healthy habits. A nightly dental hygiene routine will help you avoid frequent visits to the dentist. Plenty of sleep will also lead to better physical and mental health as your child develops.

Tim Esterdahl

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