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Better sleep for school age children

Better sleep for school age children

Do you have difficulty with your children going to bed, going to sleep or staying in their own beds? Many sleep issues that children experience can be addressed by considering routine and their bedroom environment. 

 

The Effect of Interrupted Sleep on Children

Insufficient or disturbed sleep impacts your child’s physical and mental development, affecting their ability to concentrate and learn. Worse, if your children are poor sleepers’ chances are your sleep is regularly interrupted too. While it may take some initial hard work and consistency, the good news is that parents can help their children improve these behaviours and that means better sleep for everyone!

 

Bedtime Routines

Introducing a bedtime routine is a great way to start. Repeatedly (and sometimes firmly) helping your child to stick to a routine allows children to prepare for bed. They learn the cues that help them unwind and prepare for sleep. Being a part of your child’s bedtime routine can be a wonderful way to relax and spend valuable time with them at the end of the day. You can even incorporate some fun ways to beat the bedtime battle into your routine.

 

Waking Through the Night

It is natural for children to wake several times during the night. Often these periods are short, and children will self-settle. If your child is unable to return to sleep, they are likely to wake you looking for help. Teaching your child some simple skills for self-settling in their own bed, from an early age will mean everyone has a better night’s sleep. 

Other causes of children waking at night include illness, being too hot or cold, hunger or a nightmare. These causes usually only cause short term sleep disturbances. If they are scared of the dark a night light or comfort toy may help. Like adults, some children will lie awake worrying and be unable to get back to sleep. Check in with your children regularly to make sure there are no underlying issues that are stopping them from sleeping and if you are concerned, seek help from a professional.

 

Wool and Sleep Quality

Wool has unique properties that naturally improve your sleep quality, giving your child a better nights sleep.

A key differentiator of wool is that, unlike other fibres, wool reacts to changes in your body temperature. Studies have shown that wool keeps you warm when the weather is cold and cool when the weather is hot.

Through its unique, natural properties wool can assist you to improve sleep quality and gain a better night's sleep (University of Sydney).

Sleeping with wool allows your child's body to adjust to its ideal temperature, allowing them to wake feeling more refreshed. 

"Wool regulates your body temperature far better, keeping you in what is known as 'the thermal comfort zone.' You therefore not only fall asleep quicker, sleep longer, but also have deeper, better quality sleep," states Associate Professor Chin Moi Chow, The University of Sydney.

 

 

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SleepCalm™ Kids Everyday Wool Quilt 325GSM Wool Fill

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SleepCalm™ Kids Cool Wool Cotton Quilt 200gsm Australian Wool & Cotton Fill

Cool comfort for teens, warmer sleepers and summer nights.

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SleepCalm™ Kids Wool Fleece Mattress Topper 450GSM Australian Wool Fleece

A soft and cosy fleece layer to naturally promote healthy sleep.

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SleepCalm™ Kids Wool Rich Pillow (2-6 Years) Australian Wool & Cotton Fill

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SleepCalm™ Kids Wool Cotton Quilted Pillow (7+ Years) Australian Wool & Cotton Fill

Support and total comfort for bigger kids.

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Source: The Sleep Foundation

Better sleep for school age children

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