Is your child taking a long time to fall asleep at night or waking frequently? Once your child has transitioned away from a crib, delay tactics such as calling for you, needing a drink, or the ever popular request for the washroom can push bedtime back later and later. Consider the following options to help your child go to sleep AND stay asleep.
Meal Planning and Preparation – Tips to keep bedtime on track
The dinner bell rings early at our house. I aim to put food on the table by 5:30 PM. While it can be a challenge, I’ve found that this is the best way to keep our evening schedule, including bedtime, on track. Read on to learn tips for streamlining meal planning and preparation.
Many of my clients struggle with long work hours and long commutes. As a result, meal times, and consequently, bed times routinely get pushed back. Bedtime battles are common and it’s difficult to get children to fall asleep and stay asleep. When children become overtired they have a difficult time making the transition from being awake to sleeping. Inadequate digestion can also play a role. Sleep provides the body with the opportunity to rest and regenerate. Digesting food forces the body to use energy that would otherwise be used for healing and synthesizing the information learned during the day. Sleeping with an overly full stomach can also lead to bad dreams and restless sleep.