HEALTHBEAT: Your 3-year-old's fighting sleep? Maybe his body clock doesn't match his bedtime

  • Article by: LAURAN NEERGAARD , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 30, 2013 - 6:23 PM

WASHINGTON — "Just one more story, please?" ''I need a glass of water." ''Mom, I can't sleep!"

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mariezzDec. 30, 13 8:12 PM

Some things to try: Minimize a child's screen time for at least 2 hours before bedtime. Of course, children really shouldn't have much screen time at any time of the day.********** Make sure your child gets plenty of exercise during the day.********** Turn down artificial lighting for 1-2 hours before bedtime.*********** Establish a bedtime routine which is calming and begins at least 30 minutes before bedtime. YOU ARE THE PARENT. You, and only you, can ensure your child stays in bed when she goes to bed. If you give in, or reward noncompliant behavior, you yourself are training your child to get out of bed. The child gets one drink of water. After that, the child cannot come out of the bedroom, and you should not respond to the child's requests. If the child does come out of the bedroom, do not speak to the child - simply walk the child back to the bedroom without engaging with the child and put the child in bed (perhaps the first time you can say, "you are expected to stay in bed; do not get out" - after that, do not engage as it only rewards the undesired behavior. Do not lose your temper, do not become angry, do not hit the child. Negative attention is rewarding to some children. ******** Do not give your child sugary items for a few hours before bed; do not give items containing caffeine (including chocolate, many sodas) after about 12 pm if your child has issues falling asleep.

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KohnstammDec. 31, 13 6:26 AM

Wow, so parents should use common sense. Interesting theory.

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