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How do you get your child to go to sleep?

Strategies:

Routine - keep bedtime the same time even at weekends and holidays. Melatonin is naturally released by the body as it gets dark to help us sleep and is regulated by our body clock. Keeping to a regular routine helps to make the most of this important sleep chemical. (Sometimes melatonin is prescribed to help sleep difficulties.)
No computers, gadgets or TV for at least one hour before sleep time. Avoid stress before bed as this releases stress hormones such as cortisol which acts to wake the body. Cortisol is also activated by light and is naturally released to help wake us up.
Reduce light levels and use calming activities such as stories to help get your child ready for sleep
Use black out curtains or blinds to cut down light; particularly in summer months
If your child needs a night light try to choose one that gives out a orange or red glow
Keep bedrooms well ventilated but eliminate cold draughts

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You may also be interested in the following pages:

Sleep Problems
Sleep Strategies

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