Creating a sleep zone

By Drum Digital
15 April 2014

Bedtime: how to create a sleep zone

According to a study published in July last year* children between the ages of 3 and 7 do better in reading and maths and have better spatial abilities if they have regular bedtimes. At age seven this is especially true for girls, who seem to be more affected by less sleep than boys of the same age. But at age three all children who had irregular bedtimes – boys and girls – seemed to score lower on tests.

Researchers recommend a child of age seven gets 10 to 11 hours of sleep every night.

Here is how you can create a sleep zone

  • Make sure the room is dark, or with only a dim light. If they sleep during the day, close the curtains.
  • Have sleep friends such as a stuffed animal or a pillow or favourite blanket.
  • Choose a calm colour scheme and avoid bright and primary colours.
  • Avoid scary posters or wall murals and overstuffed shelves. This might distract them and keep sleep away.
  • Don’t hang dressing gowns or towels on the back of the door – they can take on strange, sometimes frightening shapes in dim light.
  • Avoid glare from a window or passage light.
  • Keep the play zone in another part of the house, so that play and sleep aren’t confused
  • Keep the cot or bed away from plug points.

-          Supermom

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