Many parents have had success with noisemakers -- little machines that can produce a variety of soothing noises. The sounds of the ocean, wind and rain have a soothing effect on many kids.
Create a relaxing environment for your children before bedtime. Oftentimes, kids need time to wind down before actually being sent to bed. A warm bath followed by reading a book may be just what they need. Repeating the same regimen every night right before bedtime may make falling asleep as easy as the routine.
Test your child's sleep environment if possible, or at least make sure that each part – the pillows, the mattress, the blankets, the room temperature and the bedroom itself - is comfortable and makes sleeping easy. If the room is too light, consider blackout curtains.
Watch what your child eats, especially right before bedtime. If your child eats or drinks any food with high levels of protein, sugar or caffeine in the evening, he or she will find it more difficult to sleep because of the energy created by these foods. Instead, give your child food with simple carbohydrates as a bedtime snack.
Encourage your child to expend his or her energy throughout the day by playing outdoors. Exercise keeps children healthy and helps them sleep more easily.
For more tips on helping kids sleep, check this out:
Teaching good sleep habits
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