Study shows, less TV before bed results in better sleep for children!
Want your child to fall asleep easier tonight? Turn off the TV!
Wow this 5:00 am wake time for me today will result in me having a cup of coffee about 3:00 pm today! I am an early riser, but I happened to be have a late bedtime last night too! If you have a child who is having a difficult time falling asleep at night resulting in less sleep and more behavior challenges, ask yourself a few questions.
- Are we starting our bedtime routine early enough? Remember children are wired early to bed early to rise. Overly tired children have a difficult time falling asleep.
- Do we have a calming bedtime routine that is predictable? Repeated bedtime routines that are calming help everyone wind down and settle in for sleep. Dim the lights in the house and quiet things down about an hour before bedtime. (Hear that Dads…no rough housing before bed!)
- How much TV time does my child have before bed?
The latest study Presleep Activities and Time of Sleep Onset in Children published just this week in Pediatrics shows that children who have more TV time before bed have a more difficult time falling asleep. (Maybe that was my issue last night….I did get hooked on American Idol and a little HGTV!) Data was collected from over 2000 children and adolescents and it showed that children who watched 30 minutes of TV or more in the 90 minutes before bed had a more difficult time going to sleep. Another good reason to limit TV time for our children!
So, tonight…I think I may read a book before bed and turn off the TV. Try it with your kids and see what happens…no TV before bed and maybe everyone will have pleasant dreams and happy mornings.
Take a breath, enjoy the joyful moments of each day, and remember you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent.