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When children have difficulty finding peace before bed. 5 good tips

Getting children to bed can sometimes feel like a struggle, especially when they have trouble finding rest in their bodies. Maybe you've experienced your child jumping around like a spring, talking non-stop or complaining that they can't fall asleep. But why does it happen and what can we do about it?

Overstimulation and activities

One of the reasons why children have difficulty finding peace may be that they have been overstimulated during the day. Maybe they've had a busy day with lots of play and activities, or they've spent too much time in front of screens, which can make it difficult for them to relax before bed.

Lack of routines and calming activities

Lack of routines and calming activities can also play a role. If your child doesn't have a set bedtime routine, it can be difficult for them to mentally and physically prepare for bed. Calming activities such as reading, drawing or a quiet conversation can help slow the pace and prepare them for sleep.

Anxiety and worries

Sometimes children may have difficulty falling asleep due to anxiety or worries. It could be worries about school, friends or other things that occupy their mind. It is important to be aware of these feelings and give them the opportunity to share their concerns if they need to.

What can we do?

There are several things we as parents can do to help our children find peace before bed:

  • Establish a regular bedtime routine: Create a regular routine that helps your child mentally and physically prepare for bed. This can include calming activities such as reading or a quiet conversation.
  • Create a soothing environment: Make sure your child's bedroom is a comfortable and calm place. Avoid screens and stimulating activities close to bedtime.
  • Listen to your child: Pay attention to your child's feelings and concerns. Listen to them and give them an opportunity to share what's on their mind.
  • Try calming techniques: Use calming techniques such as deep breathing, guided meditations or yoga to help your child relax.
  • Be patient and loving: Be patient and supportive with your child if they are having trouble finding peace. Be a safe and reassuring presence for them.
  • Finding calm before bed can be a challenge for many children, but with patience, love and establishing healthy bedtime routines, we can help them get a good night's sleep and feel more relaxed and rested in the morning.


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