Bedtime is one of those times of day that tend to create behavior challenges across all ages.
Small beings have a tendency to want one more book, another song and an extra drink before drifting to dream land. Medium beings want to finish watching one more show before getting ready for bed. Big beings, well, let’s face it, we can be the worst at getting ourselves in bed at night. However, getting enough sleep is critical for us on so many levels, especially when it comes to having sensational behavior.
Want to know my top three secrets for the best bedtime ever?
1. Make a routine and stick to it! This includes the time you start to get ready for bed, the steps for bedtime routine and the time lights go out. Even if you're not sleepy, resting in the dark is a great way to spend your time before falling asleep.
2. Be proactive! If you know there will be things that you just must do before going to bed, make sure you get them done. Don’t wait untill the last minute to complete your to-do list.
3. Get your body ready for bed. For our small beings this is often built into the bedtime routine - bath time, songs, dimming the lights. Maybe adding some baby massage or cuddling could help. For yourself, some restorative yoga, a bath or quiet can make it easier for you to fall asleep. Getting off technology an hour before you head to bed is also a great idea.
Bedtime is so important to get you and your small being's mind and body on the same page. Without the right preparation it can be a challenge to fall asleep. (Tweet) My best night's sleep are after days that I've been physically active. Whether I took a yoga class, ran around the city doing errands or went for a long walk with a friend, being physical always helps my sleep.
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What helps you get a good nights sleep? What helps your small being get a good night's sleep? I would love to hear from you some of your best bedtime tricks!
(Want more ideas about bedtime routines? Check out my behavioral boost for parents - we'll spend a week all about bedtime! Learn more here.)
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