Bedtime can be quite daunting. Most children respond very well with a consistent bedtime approach that gradually directs more of the responsibility to the child. We sometimes need to refine the bedtime strategies for children with differing sensory needs, autism or ADHD. Check out our Bedtime Kit and read on for ideas to create the perfect routine for your child so that everyone has a great night’s sleep.
Turn off the Screen. At least an hour before bed, power off the television, iPad, iPhone, computer and any other electronic device. It can be hard for the brain to transition from electronic stimulation to rest. In addition, check out your child’s room. If there are a lot of wires and glowing lights from plugged in devices, try and move these to a different location in the house. In contrast, LED lighting in the bedroom can be useful to calm the nervous system and transition the body to darkness.
Read before Bed. Replace the screen time with reading time! Snuggle with a book on a beanbag chair or soothing swing, or read in bed. Whereas screens are stimulating and yet draining to the brain, reading is an active brain activity that is calming. In addition, eye tracking can be very soothing and a great precursor to bedtime.