Tips to Help Your Child Fall Asleep and Stay Asleep

Bedtime routines and sleeping patterns can be very troublesome for parents.  Here are 5 tips that just might make a difference.
  1. Paint color has been shown to have an influence on sleeping habits.  Soft, muted tones are best for creating a warm, relaxed atmosphere.
  2. A dimming light switch and soft light can help your child wind down for bed.  Slowly dimming the lights as bedtime approaches simulates dusk triggering your child’s natural biological preparation for sleep.  If you use a nightlight, choose a soft, dim light which illuminates the areas your child needs to feel safe and to be able to safely negotiate the late-night trek to the washroom.
  3. Children sleep best when they feel safe and calm.  Soft music or sounds of nature can soothe your child and drown out the other noises of the house.  Ensure the book you read together at the end of the night is not too scary or emotionally charged and if there is tension or suspense in the chapter you’re reading, be sure to read until there is sufficient closure.
  4. The intensely brilliant images from TV,  tablets, and other HD devices can trigger your child’s biological wake-up process making it very difficult for them to fall asleep.  Be sure to turn off technology at least an hour before bedtime.
  5. Clutter is stressful.  Too much furniture, too many wall decals or decorations, or too much mess can negatively affect your child’s ability to fall asleep.  If you do keep toys in the bedroom, they should be cleaned up and put away before bedtime routine begins.


Are there any other tips you would add to the list?



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  1. I know that television can be a huge influence that many parents forget about. Many parents I have worked with forget that whatever is on television a young child “might be” watching. I was always amazed at the number of people that would watch a crime drama and then wonder why there children were having nightmares about crime. My advice was always to leave the television off or if it must be on to watch what is on the screen.


    • James Hudyma says:

      Great advice Aaron. Thanks for sharing.

      When I was a kid we had to rent the VCR player and movies and my parents sent me to bed and said don’t come out because they were watching a scary movie. I didn’t listen and crept quietly out of my room to see the scene from Alien where the creature bursts out of the body. Had nightmares for years.

  2. Great tips. The mac daddy of all sleeping tips in our house came from our favorite nurse (love you, Michelle) during hospital stay after 1st kid was born – put them down awake. Both of my kids are ridiculously great sleepers and my wife and I draw it all back to this tip from when they were babies.

    • James Hudyma says:

      That is a great tip!

      I wonder if gender has anything to do with it? My son is an awesome sleeper and my daughter is not.

  3. Great tips!
    I’d also add that having the same sleeping schedule helps too (this includes naps during the day).

    • James Hudyma says:

      Consistent bedtimes/nap-times definitely help. I always become very aware of this for the time changes in spring and fall. Thanks for your input.

  4. James Hudyma says:

    Thank you for sharing this with your readers. Hopefully some of these tips become strategies for their families.

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