Bedtime Routine: Setting the Stage for Restful Nights
Especially with little children, a consistent bedtime routine can really help to calm down your little ones. Adequate sleep is super important for everyone’s health and well-being. For young children, it’s important to learn them what’s expected from them. A visual schedule can be very helpful for those who can’t read yet. You can easily create a schedule and use pictures to show them what needs to be done before going to bed. A regular routine like brushing your teeth, washing your feet, going to the bathroom, etc. easily becomes a healthy habit. (Psst… I’ve got a free resource for you at the end of this post)
Having an orderly place to come to rest can contribute to a healthy bedtime routine as well. After all, who wants to rest in a chaotic place? Setting specific times each day to pick up some clutter can be very helpful in maintaining an orderly bedroom. Older and younger children can do this themselves as long as they know what’s expected of them.
Choosing the right activities before going to bed can be very helpful in falling asleep quickly. A good routine helps you to wind down. A stressful situation or lack of structure after a long day makes it harder for the body to come to rest. However, a predictable routine tells your body: “It’s time to come to rest”. After a while, the body knows this stable routine and recognizes this time of needed rest.
Also, choosing soothing activities like reading a book, writing, taking a daily walk, and limiting screen time can help you get to sleep faster. Limiting screen time at the end of the day, right before bed, helps to unwind.
For younger children try incorporating storytelling before they go to bed. Furthermore, reading time for both younger and older children is a great way to wind down after a busy day. Let them choose a book or two and give them each their own reading lights. After the big bedroom light is turned off, each child can read their own books. It gives them a sense of control, and quiet time, which is a good thing before going to sleep.
A set time and a predictable routine for each person in the family yields a structured environment for each to thrive. A regular sleep schedule makes sure each one gets adequate sleep and is ready for the next day. Of course, younger children can go to bed at different times than their older siblings.
You can make bedtime enjoyable for younger kids and adults by choosing a good book to read for the whole family to enjoy. This prevents power struggles and is a great way for the entire family to slow down at the end of the day. Moreover, spending time together at the end of the day gives each one a sense of belonging and a sense of safety because each one is willing to spend time together.
So, a bedtime routine can bring much structure into the home after a busy day. It ensures adequate sleep and makes you able to tackle daily life energized.