Is Your Child Getting Enough Sleep?
What is the proper amount of Z’s your child needs every night? The answer to this question varies by age. The National Sleep Foundation shows that most children need anywhere from 8 -13 hours of sleep per night, possibly even more. One of the best things a parent can do to ensure maximum health and development for their children is to make sure they are getting all their required sleep, sometimes this is easier said than done though.
Why Won’t My Child Sleep?
There are a variety of reasons why children may get insufficient sleep. These reasons may include separation anxiety, bad dreams, not having a regular bedtime routine, allergies, asthma, excessive noise or light and stress (to name a few.) Wait, what? It is true, there could be a number of things that is causing your child’s sleep problems and now it’s up to you to figure out how to fix it.
When Warm Milk Just Doesn’t Help
Okay, so you get it, you do everything right…dinner, bath, bedtime story, warm milk and now your child should be off to dreamland in no time, right? Not always. Sometimes, no matter how early you start this routine and no matter how many bedtime stories you tell, your child just doesn’t want to go to sleep. That’s a problem. If you have experienced difficulties with getting your child to go to sleep more than just a handful of times, then likely you need a different solution.
What can you try?
For starters, make sure the child’s room is not too warm, the bedding should be lightweight and breathable, there should be no televisions on in the room (in fact no electronics should be on 3 hours prior to bedtime), keep the door shut or partially shut to keep out excessive noise or light, give your child a comfort companion such as a stuffed-animal, and finally make sure your child has a full belly and is properly hydrated. If you have tried all these things and have had little to no success there is still more you can do.
I Have Tried Everything, Now What?
Take a breath, there is more that can be done. CBD oil has been very effective in fighting stress and anxiety in children which results in a better night’s sleep. The Permanente Journal states that “CBD is effective as a safe alternative treatment to traditional psychiatric medications for reducing anxiety and insomnia.” Furthermore, CBD oil is safe to use with children, it is all-natural and preferred over pharmaceutical medicines by many people. Remember that CBD is different from it’s relative THC, THC is what makes a person feel “high”, not CBD.