New research reveals value of back-to-basics bedtime routine
It’s a problem almost all parents face at some stage – getting the kids into a good bedtime routine can be a battlefield and can cause huge amounts of stress for the whole family. A new study has shown that getting children to sleep at night is causing couples to argue, lose sleep themselves and perform badly at work with 26% saying they can’t function properly the next day.
This is despite the fact that 80% of parents in the Forever Friends survey claimed they have a strict bedtime routine for their children. But the question remains whether this routine is conducive to getting the kids to sleep at a decent hour. Are parents still making mistakes unknowingly, such as leaving the TV on in their child’s bedroom or over-stimulating them with video games? It seems likely with more than a third of parents saying what makes bedtime hardest is that their children are too excited or hyper.
Sleep expert, and child psychologist, Chireal Shallow believes that a back-to-basics approach could be the way forward, recommending the three B’s: bath, bed and book. In our How To video Chireal refreshes your memory on these fail-safe methods and gives some extra top tips for getting your little ones off to the land of nod, using mood-enhancing bedtime books such as ‘Night Night, Sweet Dreams’ by Forever Friends.