Top 3 things keeping your child from sleeping at night revealed

THEY have finished their milk bath and it’s time to go to bed.

But it’s likely that your teen is still making noise as he wants to settle down and get to the land of nods.

A new study has revealed that your child's bedtime routine can actually keep them up at night.


A new study has revealed that your child’s bedtime routine can actually keep them up at night.Credit: Getty

Now, experts have warned that there are three things your kids can do before bedtime to stop them drifting away.

A survey of 1,000 parents found that sleep deprivation can have a significant impact on a child’s behavior.

This in turn affects their ability to learn at school and makes them argue more at home.

You might think your kids have the best sleep habits out there, but some of the most basic bedtime rules can actually harm their sleep.

About 19% of parents polled said their child had trouble sleeping.

But there are three main culprits:

  1. 44% of parents blame their phones
  2. 26% blamed on video games
  3. 21% blame the TV for preventing their children from going to sleep.

For many parents, giving their kids a device or showing them another episode of Peppa Pig is a great way for them to blow off steam.

But the result from Bensons for bed before Sleep Awareness Week showed that more screen time doesn’t help our kids fall asleep.

Sleep expert Dr Sophie Bostock says parents are right to realize that too much screen time before bed can delay bedtime and have an adverse impact on quality. sleep.

“It is positive that many parents are realizing that a regular bedtime routine can help their child fall asleep and get quality sleep,” she said.

“Research shows that replacing screen time with alternative activities like bathing, reading, or telling a bedtime story can not only help them sleep, but can also help them stay alert and exercise. at school the next day.”

Other bedtime challenges mentioned by parents include social media, fear of missing out, inability to relax, anxiety, and school anxiety.

The survey found that sleep deprivation caused by children’s inability to drift off also had an impact on their behaviour.

About 54% of parents said lack of sleep made it difficult for their children to concentrate, with 30% saying lack of sleep led to quarrels in the family.

Sleep deprivation also affects children in the classroom with 25% of parents saying it makes their child feel sleepy at school.

As for how long children sleep, the survey found that two-thirds of children sleep between eight and 10 hours a night – with 42 percent of children sleeping during the day.

The NHS states that children of different ages will need different snooze hours.

For babies 4 to 12 months old, they need 12 to 16 hours, including naps.

Toddlers between the ages of one and two should get 11 to 14 hours of sleep, including naps.

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Children aged three to five should get 10 to 13 hours of sleep including naps, with six to 12 year olds sleeping 9-12 hours.

For teenagers aged 13 to 18, they should get 8-10 hours of sleep.

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