The secret to a great night's sleep

How to limit your child’s screen time for a great night’s sleep

Research published by King's College London this week has revealed that using smartphones and tablets before bed is stopping children from sleeping and that even the presence of a device in a child's bedroom could be seriously impacting the quality of their sleep.

It's a scary thought, especially for the majority of parents who know that monitoring a child's screen time can be an ongoing battle! So what can be done make sure your child is getting a great night's sleep?

According to our sleep expert, Dr Nerina, the answer lies in 60-90 minutes of technology-free time before bed and a good, old-fashioned bedtime story.

Dr Nerina says: "Having a constant stream of light enter our eyes before we go to sleep tricks the brain into thinking it wants to be a wake, so - particularly for children - it's important to introduce 60-90 minutes of technology-free time before bedtime to allow them to wind down.

"Reading a book at bedtime will also let your child unwind and is an integral part of their development. Save their favourite story until they are tucked up in bed and it will allow them to feel comforted and relaxed.

"I would advise a bath and then into bed with a book. Simple things like bathing your children, reading them a bed time story and making sure the room is a comfortable temperature are key to getting a good night's sleep. This will result in your child being more alert, well rested and focused the next day."

For more advice and tips on getting your child to sleep visit Dr Nerina's sleep toolkit /sleep-matters/dr-nerinas-sleep-toolkit/ 


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