There are lots of side-effects of Coronavirus, but one that is going under the radar is the impact it’s having on their sleeping patterns. Kids are particularly at risk as 70% of under sixteens are going to bed later due to working later. Mums and dads have a lot to worry about, yet it’s essential to ensure young people get enough rest to avoid burnout during such a difficult period. It’s not the most straightforward job for parents as children never tell you what is going on in their brains.
Thankfully, the following hacks are effective regardless of the situation.
Youngsters heavily rely on mobile devices, and Covid has made the situation worse. Almost three-quarters of parents report that their children are using electronics more during the pandemic, which is unhealthy. Screen time not only limits physical activity, something that’s essential to rest, but the radiation and light given off by devices make it harder to fall asleep because the UV rays trick the body into waking up early. As a result, you should analyse their usage before bed and make sure they cut down. Otherwise, they’ll never get the quality of sleep they require.
And The News
Whether your kids need to watch the news is a debate for another day. What everyone can agree on is the negative effect on their mental health. Hearing about deaths and new restrictions is tough for adults, so it’s bound to be challenging for kids. Plus, they are young and shouldn’t have to worry about the consequences of the health crisis. With that in mind, as well as banning devices before bed, you want to be careful about what’s on TV. You can catch up on the day’s events when they’re asleep, which means there’s no reason to scare them half to death during their supper!
Make Their Environment Comfy
If your children are struggling to catch the necessary number of Zs, you can focus on their environment. Over the pandemic, the house might have transformed, yet your kids’ bedrooms are the same. In this case, it’s time to redecorate with new beds for kids and colour schemes that encourage sleep. A comfortable mattress is essential, but so is a lack of light, as long as they aren’t afraid of the dark. Depending on the seasons, you should cool or heat the room accordingly to avoid overheating or cold temperatures.
Try And Exercise
Thankfully, the harshest lockdown measures are over and leaving the house isn’t a criminal offence (in most places!). Still, it’s easy to revert to the frame of mind where you’re stuck indoors, which is when parents and kids lean on technology more regularly. The good news is, you can exercise as a family as many times as you please, and you should. Going for a long walk or running around the park will tire your children out and prevent restless nights. If you can make it a routine, insomnia will be a thing of the past!
Do you have any tricks you like to use to ensure your kids sleep soundly?
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