1. Putting children to bed too late!
Don't wait until your child is rubbing his eyes, yawning, or whining — that's probably too late. Put him to bed earlier. Even 15 to 20 minutes of extra sleep can make a difference.
- infants and toddlers typically need up to 12 hours of sleep during the night
- preschoolers need 10-13 hours once they drop daytime naps
- school age children should get between 9-11 hours at night.
For the first 5 years, bedtime will likely be between 7-8pm.
2. Relying on motion
3. Over stimulation at sleep time
I am not in favor of the projectors with the star lights and such, as for a child with sleep issues they are usually too distracting.
4. Skipping the bedtime routine
Children who are well-rested bounce back from an occasional late night, skipped or shorten nap much better that children who are always overtired.
Written by: Michelle S. Donaghy