How to Help Your Children Wind Down Before Bed

Bedtime can be a challenging time for both parents and children. After a day full of all kinds of activities, it can be hard to make the switch to night mode. That’s why a calming bedtime routine can be a huge help. Here are a few things to try out. 

Consistent Bedtime Routine

One of the most important factors in helping children wind down before bed is establishing a consistent bedtime routine. Predictable routines signal to a child’s body that it’s time to start winding down and prepare for sleep. This routine can include simple things like reading a bedtime story or taking a warm bath.

Limit Screen Time

The blue light emitted by screens from devices like smartphones, tablets, and televisions can interfere with the production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep. You may be surprised how much establishing a screen-free time at least an hour before bedtime can help. This way your child’s body can naturally prepare for sleep. 

Create a Relaxing Environment

Finally, a peaceful sleep environment can make a significant difference in helping children wind down before bed. Make sure that the bedroom is dark, quiet, and at a comfortable temperature. Using blackout curtains is also something you may want to try.