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5 Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

Sleeping patterns in children change frequently and can be altered by many factors. Figuring out the underlying cause of sleep issues in children is important so it can be addressed appropriately. Common causes of sleep disturbances in children include: teething, cold/flus, ear infections, night terrors, anxiety/fears, bed wetting, and changes of sleep environment. It’s important for your child to get a good night’s sleep if he/she wants to be healthy and alert at school. Children who get enough sleep have a healthier immune system and perform better at school. Regardless of the cause, here are 5 general tips to help your child get a good night’s sleep.

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5 Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

1. Keep a schedule

The body follows a natural rhythm  and going to sleep at the same time each night promotes this rhythm and the release of melatonin (the sleep hormone) at regular intervals.

2. Shut out the lights

Eliminate all sources of light in the room from windows, hallways, night lights, toys, baby monitors, alarm clocks and cell phones.  Light inhibits melatonin production and will impair sleep.

3. Wind down in the evening

Doing activities which calm the nervous system rather than excite it can promote a good night’s sleep. Calming activities could include bath time, a tummy massage, listening to music, reading a book or cuddling.

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5 Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

4. Lavender essential oil

Adding a couple of drops of lavender essential oil combine with a carrier oil first and drop in the bathwater or drop a few drops in a humidifier promotes relaxation and a good night’s sleep.

5. Chamomile

Adding a cup of brewed chamomile tea to bathwater calms the nervous system. Make sure it has cooled down! If your child is old enough they can drink chamomile tea before bed. Be mindful if your child has ragweed allergies because chamomile is part of the same family. If rash or digestive symptoms arise discontinue the chamomile immediately.

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Dr. Ellen Simone, Naturopath
Dr. Ellen Simone, Naturopathhttp://www.drellensimone.com/
Dr. Ellen Simone welcomes you to work with her under a holistic view of health which encompasses the understanding that the mind and body are connected to sustaining long-term health and wellness. As a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Simone focuses on family wellness and has special interests in women and children’s health. She loves working with women through different phases in their lives; to regulate the menstrual cycle, ease PMS symptoms, optimize fertility, provide support during and after pregnancy, maintain breast health and welcome menopause. Children are also a primary focus in her practice and she believes that setting healthy habits at a young age is important for long-term health and wellness.

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  1. brill tips, however I’m pregnant so I’m not sure the chamomile would be a good idea, I’d also like to add a suggestion of my own. memory foam mattresses!


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