🙌 How much sleep is enough sleep? 🙌

I’m sticking my neck out here but I’m gonna say it anyway.

There’s no getting away from the fact that the amount of sleep some children need compared to others is totally variable BUT there is also no getting away from the fact that some children are NOT getting enough sleep.

I hear so often comments like ” I’ve tried everything and he’s just not ready for bed before 10 pm” or ” If my child goes to bed early they don’t sleep well.”

But look I’m gonna ‘cut to the chase here” at the risk of being shot down. Putting your child to bed at 10 pm isn’t good for you or them.

Firstly 10 pm is an ADULT bedtime. Secondly, if your little one is up until 10 pm you don’t get any time to yourself or with your partner. Neither of these things are emotionally or mentally a good thing.

If you look at the chart from The National Sleep Foundation it shows a recommended amount of sleep for the age of your child. Now you could argue that your child is falling into the (may be appropriate) range BUT that isn’t the RECOMMENDED range.

Now this chart hasn’t been plucked out of thin air it is recommended via extensive research that was completed over 2 years.

Soooo when you say that your little one goes to bed at 10 pm and wakes at 7 am that means that they could actually only be getting the same amount of sleep as a good majority of adults. Now when we consider the fact that our little ones are learning and downloading vast amounts of information on a daily basis I struggle to see how having the same amount of sleep as an adult can be right or good for a child.

I also know that it can be a habit you’ve gotten into and don’t know how to get out of.

Shellie x

Later Bedtimes are NOT the answer to your sleep challenges.

I hear this time and time again, but putting your little one to bed later in the vain hope that they’ll sleep better because they’re more tired. Or ‘knocking the nap on the head’ for the same reason simply doesn’t work.

I can totally see the logic in why parents would do this but here’s the reason it doesn’t work.

Keeping your child up late or getting rid of naps means only one thing. They get over-tired. When they get over-tired stress hormones start to kick in and those stress hormones keep them awakes and alert. Those stress hormones are also responsible for night time wake ups and early morning rising.

Of course there are lots of other things to factor into play that can also encourage night time waking and early rising but this might be something you might need to address.

Well anywhere between 6.30 pm and 8 pm usually but of course this has to work for you and your daily routine and your little one. Start trying to experiment by moving bedtime forward 15 minutes every few nights.

Make sure you have a calming bedtime routine to encourage sleepiness and help your little one recognise it’s time for sleep.

Watch closely for tired signs and get them into bed before they become overtired. Bedtime meltdowns are a sure sign of over tiredness.

Bedtime meltdowns also means the release of stress hormones which will only hinder your little one calming down and going to sleep.

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Shellie x

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