Children, tablets and sleep

So many of my friends have been talking about this this week, that I thought I would do a little research.

We recently started back at school and found that both our children in the days running up to school were turning into little night owls. In fact they were almost trying to avoid sleep altogether as if it were an unnecessary part of their important television, tablet and ‘on the go’ routine.

On a recent night out, my husband sheepishly mentioned that one of his children didn’t sleep. Rather than feel like an outcast, he discovered that one out of two of his other mate’s children also did not sleep. We were not alone!

Our specifically bad non-sleeper is a second child, is it a symptom of second-child syndrome. Are exhausted parents on their second, third or even fourth child simply too exhausted to care? Do you have a child who just doesn’t sleep?

If you have had a great Summer this holidays and are finding it tricky to get your children back into a routine, you may be questioning your parenting skills, wondering what you may or may not being doing wrong? Maybe you aren’t doing anything wrong?

According to the NHS website a 7 year old requires… wait for it…10 hours and 30 minutes of sleep.  On further research (amongst our parenting tribe), we discovered that many of our little ones are simply not getting nearly that!

What do we do?

Compromise? Is this the right thing to do or should we be looking for answers, camomile tea and endless head stroking to get our little ones to sleep, or is in fact it the world gone mad, is life simply just too exciting to sleep?

I remember as a child being put to bed and then simply staring at the wall for hours? Is that what our children are doing anyway? Nightmares were a particularly fun time being chased around by a giant Bungle from the programme Rainbow was a frequent occurrence. I just didn’t like sleep, maybe that’s what our children don’t like too? Do your children like to sleep? How many hours do they get, please post your answers to me, I would love to find out more about this nocturnal world!

Anyhow, what have I found out? Music helps! Try a chant or a solfeggio frequency with your children and they just pop off to sleep! Here’s a nice 528mhz this is designed to relax the area around the heart…. zzzzzz0129 GoYoga © GJP

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