Peaceful baby sleeping in a crib
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Dr. Chara Papageorgiou

The importance of children's sleep

Some people wake up with energy and start their day like this, while others give themselves a few extra minutes in bed.The same goes for children: some get out of bed early and run to wake up their parents, while others love sleeping so much that they find it difficult to open their eyes in the morning.


However, for every family the morning marks the beginning of the day, regardless of how our internal clock works. We all know that no one is going to care about our preferences for the time we wake up or how late we go to bed. The school is likely to have a set start time as well.


If your child finds it difficult to wake up in the morning, we can try the following tips.


We adjust the sleep schedule. Sleep-deprived children have problems such as being less attentive and irritable. Children who have not had time to rest will find it difficult to wake up in the morning. So we choose a specific bedtime that suits the age of the child (eg 21.30) and make sure to put the child to bed daily, even on weekends. We make sure to wake up the child at the same time every day. So, the child will get a sense when it is time to go to bed and will wake up more easily.


Offer delicious breakfast items. To make waking up in the morning more beautiful and tempting, prepare a nutritious and delicious breakfast for your little one. Without forgetting the nutrients that the child needs, try to include in the breakfast foods that he/she likes.


Let the sunlight enter the room. The morning sun can bring a feeling of vitality to your child. Open the blinds and pull the curtains when he/she wakes up to see the sunlight for a few minutes to give him/her more energy.


We show him/her tenderness. Giving a touch of care to your little one before he/she wakes up is incredibly rewarding. You can caress their head even if you were sleeping.


We put on music. Sometimes kids need a song that's more in their style or maybe some quiet classical music to help them open their eyes without complaining.

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