Kids and sleep issues in the pandemic

Kids and sleep issues in the pandemic

This pandemic has taken away our kids’ sense of a normal life and, in this situation, it is very common for their sleep-wake rhythm to go off.

The lack of certainty and predictability is also responsible for an increased risk of anxiety. A sleep deprived child will be more short-tempered and will also have a lower frustration tolerance and attention span.

As a matter of fact, sleep is one of the very first physiological processes to be impacted by any alterations on an emotional, physical, or mental level.

Therefore, I am here to provide you with some tips on how to handle your kids’ sleep throughout this new Corona wave.

  1. Limit their device use as the screen light negatively impacts the release of melatonin.
  2. Set a bedtime and wake-time hour and offer consistent naps.
  3. If your children are experiencing anxiety issues, try and get them to speak about what is troubling their minds before they go to sleep.
  4. Encourage them to do some physical activity during the day.
  5. Connect with them one-on-one with no distractions (mobiles, tablets, etc.) for at least half an hour each day.
  6. Try and filter any anxiety-inducing news or avoid talking about it altogether if you feel like this might bother them.

Finally, please forgive yourself for not being the perfect mom or dad in these circumstances. You’re doing the best you can with the stress levels you are facing! Creating structure and routines for your kids will also help you tackle your day! You’ve got this!

Sweet dreams!

Sara

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