Family Sleep Tips | Bedsiide

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Family Sleep Tips | Bedsiide

Everyone knows that sleep is important. Children, teens, and adults all need a decent amount of sleep each night, for both their physical and mental well-being. 

However, today’s increasingly busy, fast-paced society makes it difficult to get a good amount of sleep. Not only do families find themselves getting to sleep late, many people have difficulties falling and staying asleep. 

As a result, modern families often wake up sleepy and not well-rested. This affects their day to day, causing issues in work, school, and relationships. It’s essential that adults and children alike are able to get enough good rest each night. 

There is evidence to suggest that a lack of sleep can contribute to one’s likelihood of developing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), especially with teens. In the winter, when the day’s light decreases, the body’s natural rhythmic clock can be thrown off-balance, making it more difficult to rest and triggering SAD. 

Here are some tips that you can follow to help your family get the sleep they need each night!

Create an ideal sleeping atmosphere

  • Make sure everyone’s bed is comfortable for them.
  • Ensure that the bed isn’t used as a chair or a place to hang out watching tv. The bed should only be a bed, helping your body and mind relate sleep to your bed.
  • Keep all distractions out of the room, such as mobile devices, tablets, and televisions.
  • Don’t watch or listen to frightening or anxiety-producing things for a few hours before bedtime.
  • Make sure that there are soothing, relaxing sounds in the room as you are going to sleep, or that there is no noise at all.
  • Stay away from all forms of media for at least an hour before bed.
  • Keep the room as dark as possible.
  • Develop a regular sleeping routine

  • Have each person take a warm bath, drink warm milk, or eat some light, warm food before bed.
  • Have an actual bedtime. The body is rhythmic and will get used to getting to sleep at the same time each night. By going to bed at the same time, you’re teaching your body when it’s time to rest.
  • Fill your mind with something soothing by reading an inspiring book or listening to something encouraging and peaceful.
  • Wind down from stress with prayer, mindfulness, journaling, and more. Getting those daily frustrations and worries off your mind will help you sleep well.
  • Don’t fall into the tv trap, especially with children. Young ones need to develop good sleep habits in order to sleep well throughout their lives, so keep the tv and the devices off at night.
  • Live a Healthy Lifestyle

  • Anyone in the family who takes a nap should keep their naps under 45 minutes.
  • Exercise daily and do a slow, mindful physical activity, such as yoga, each night.
  • Keep it bright in the morning and dim in the night.
  • Talk to your doctor about any potential sleep disturbances, such as health problems and snoring.
  • Don’t drink alcohol, caffeine, or eat spicy foods, for at least 4 hours before bedtime.
  • Create a peaceful nighttime routine for your entire family.
  • Don’t lay in bed for too long. Anyone having trouble falling asleep after 20 minutes should get up, eat a light snack, read a relaxing book, or listen to a bit of soft music.
  • All people, young and old, need good, deep sleep every night for physical and mental health. While the modern lifestyle may make it difficult to get there, your family can develop good habits in order to get the rest you all need. By following these tips, you can create an optimal sleeping environment for everyone. 

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