Natural Ways to Improve Your Child's Sleep
by Janice FERGUSON on Aug 23, 2019
Bedtime struggles are a common occurrence for many families. Sleepless nights are never fun for anyone, but especially for parents with young children. Without the proper amount of sleep each night, you may find your child feeling restless, cranky and unable to concentrate. It can turn into a vicious cycle, leaving the whole family exhausted.
Luckily there are some natural remedies to help improve your child’s sleep that can be easily incorporated into their nighttime routine. Read on for our top tips when it comes to getting a better sleep, the natural way!
Lavender oil is renowned for it’s calming properties. If your child is having trouble winding down at the end of the night, consider using lavender oil to help them relax and settle in for sleep.
Some simple ways to incorporate lavender oil into your child's bedtime routine include:
Massage: Add a couple of drops of Lavender oil to a carrier oil (like coconut oil) and gently massage into the soles of your child’s feet before bed. Don’t forget that essential oils should never be applied directly to the skin, so mixing with a carrier oil ensures they are safe to apply topically.
Bathing: Who doesn’t love a warm bath before bed? Help your child prepare for sleep by adding a couple of drops of lavender oil to their nightly bath. Not only will it smell amazing, but the calming properties of the oil will help them to relax before bed.
- Diffusing: Consider an essential oil diffuser for your child’s room to help create a soothing environment for them each night. Diffusers allow your essential oils to be dispersed into the air to fully experience their benefits. You can even mix the lavender oil with some other calming oils like bergamot or geranium.
HIMALAYAN SALT LAMPS
Himalayan salt lamps are the perfect accompaniment for your child’s bedroom to assist with better sleep.
Salt lamps are particularly effective for children who may be scared of the dark and have anxiety around bedtime. Himalayan salt lamps emit a warm, orange glow, so your child will feel safe and sound.
Along with the gentle glow, the unique properties of this light source also cleanse and purify the air to promote better sleep. Think of it as a much-needed breath of fresh air into the bedroom!
REDUCE SCREEN TIME
Watching television close to bedtime will only act as a stimulant for your child and can prevent them from better sleep. Make sure that screen time is reduced before bed to help your child wind down naturally without being too overstimulated.
It can help to establish a routine each night, with televisions and computers shut down at a certain time. This will let your child know that bedtime is approaching, and it’s time for their bodies to start preparing for sleep mentally and physically. Instead of screen time before bed, try something to induce relaxation like reading a book.
Getting your child to sleep doesn’t have to be a struggle each night with these helpful natural remedies to assist with bedtime battles. If you’re ready to get started, we have a range of natural Himalayan salt lamps and essential oils available to purchase online at Inspire Me Naturally.
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