When our children have sleep issues it can be exhausting, affecting the whole family.
If they don’t get enough sleep, their behaviour and mood can be affected. They may become hyperactive at night leading to drowsiness during the day. Sleep affects children’s ability to learn and function, and helps their bodies fight off illness.
Ultimately, sleep helps children to rest and restore their emotional wellbeing.
So, how much sleep do children need?
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads…’
‘The Night Before Christmas‘ by Clement Clarke Moore is a favourite story in our home. Truth be told, it’s part of the overall strategy in helping the little ones get to sleep. Such is the excitement about Santa coming, bedtime routines can prove difficult at this time of year.