As a world in crisis, the impact of the lockdown and chaos may be affecting our children’s sleep. Their minds and bodies crave sleep to grow and develop, so we need to help our children and teens receive more sleep. In following hundreds of younger kids and their sleep patterns, scientists at Northwestern University have discovered much more aggression in those kids who sleep less at night. The study concludes less sleep leads to more behavioral problems by day. However, research has also shown that meditation can help reduce these problems and lead to calmer and more rested children.
Older Children Have Sleep Issues, Too
A National Sleep Foundation poll finds that two-thirds of children have experienced sleep problems at night. Many children and teens with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder also find more sleep issues. And research shows lack of sleep may worsen the child’s lack of focus and hyperactivity by day. This is compounded when children lack their normal routine during the day as well. This is the case for many of us as a result of the covid lockdown.
Bedtime Rituals Help Children Fall Asleep
Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic recommend establishing a regular calming ritual to help children fall into healthy sleep patterns. Meditation can help children relax and sleep more peacefully. Make sure the bedroom is quiet, calm, and comfortable. Keep the room dark, if possible, except for a night light. An hour or more before bedtime, turn off computer games and electronics. As adults, avoid arguing or provoking issues right before bed. A relaxed home does make a difference.
Teach Children How to Relax
Teach children how to relax with deep breathing and positive imagery while lying in bed. Help them visualize the rays of the warm sun, or the sound of ocean waves soothing them, while doing deep abdominal breathing. Guided Imagery helps them calm down for relaxation and sleep.
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Vicki Atlas Israel is Meditation and Mindset Coach, Certified in Guided Imagery. Vicki is passionate about helping children and parents feel less stressed, more calm, and happier.