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5 Mom Hacks to Make Bedtime Easier

Getting your kids to bed on time can be a big production. There is no easy way to turn off a child’s energy at the end of the day, so you have to trick them with a adjustments here and there. The following are five hacks to consider when you want your kids to start counting sheep and get a good night’s sleep.

Hot Bath

Yes, a hot shower or bath can help children go to sleep. The heat is relaxing for the muscles, and it always help kids to feel a little cleaner before they head to bed. It should also be noted that this hot bath helps raise the body’s temperature and it drops by the time your kids comes out, which makes you feel colder. Melatonin, the sleep hormone, is released when the body feels cool. Just be sure they head to a comfortable bed, either with a nice mattress or if on a budget, a nice mattress topper (which just sits on top of the mattress but under the fitted sheets) to help them fall asleep. Just as you wouldn’t like uncomfortable sleeping arrangements, neither would your child.

Turn The Lights Off

Artificial light may make us more productive, but too much of it can be detrimental to our (and other organisms’) health. You should start dimming the lights around you when the sun goes down. Some people use beeswax candles at night if they need to see something. Make sure your children’s bedrooms are completely dark when they are tucked in, which should help the brain produce melatonin to get those kids dreaming. If you live somewhere where light is an inevitability at night, then consider redesigning their bedrooms to be more sleep-friendly.

Keep it Cool at Night

An additional step you can take is regulating the temperature. Sleeping at lower temperatures tends to encourage more restful sleep. The body expects the night to get a little cooler. The brain will produce more melatonin if you make your kids room between 60 and 67 degrees. All you have to do is make sure your AC is up and running to ensure that you can perform this task.

Get Them Tired

Getting your kid involved in some kind of fun activity can definitely help. This will allow your kids to soak in all that fun and get tired. What you are doing is draining the battery inside your kids so that they fall right to sleep by the time you get home. This idea works well with any kind of physical game that you can use to get your kids tired.

Try Soothing Sounds

Sometimes, all you need to do is get your kids to calm down. One thing you can do is play sounds like white noise, classical music, or nature sounds. These sounds can help the body drift peacefully to sleep. Your kids may protest at the beginning, but they will get used to this routine, and likely won’t put up a fuss about going to sleep hearing these types of sounds.

It is essential that you keep in mind that these hacks are meant to help kids go to sleep, not cure issues such as insomnia or any sort of sleep disorder. Be sure to see a specialist for those kinds of problems. You should also remember that you do not have to choose one hack over the other. You can combine them for better results.

If you’re in need of some additional help and you feel like you could use a hand, please consider checking out our service section. We do our best to help those in need with our programs such as: Hunger Prevention, Homeless Prevention, Financial Assistance, and more.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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