x Eve Woman Wellness Readers Lounge Leisure and Travel My Man Bridal Health Relationships Parenting About Us Digital News Videos Opinions Cartoons Education E-Paper Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman Travelog TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise BULK SMS E-Learning Digger Classified The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS
Login ×

How simple routine changes can help sleep-deprived kids

Parenting - By Mirror | July 10th 2019 at 07:21:21 GMT +0300
Sleep deprivation in children makes them less attentive in school

For parents of children who seem to need only a few hours of sleep at night, there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

A programme pioneered at a UK hospital is helping sleepless children to get several more hours a night.

Their families have seen major improvements by sticking to consistent bedtimes, banning sugary drinks in the evening and removing toys and electronics from bedrooms.

Parents need some firm discipline. In the hour before bed, children in the programme are not allowed to watch TV or use their phone or computer.

Instead, they do more calming ­activities such as jigsaws, Play-Doh and simple board games.

Health professionals are now using this method to help 800 families who have a child sleeping for just four or five hours a night.

The children in the programme are now getting an average of 2.4 hours more sleep a night.

  2. 1. Conjoined twins not expected to live now learning to walk and thriving at school
  3. 2. Girl, 10, tragically killed 'by excitement' after going into cardiac arrest on water slide
  4. 3. Five ways to inspire confidence in your child
  5. 4. Mum’s life-saving hack to find your child if they go missing

And they’re also eating more healthily and doing better at school.

Small changes to their bedtime routine will enable children to sleep for longer

Heather Elphick, a consultant in paediatric sleep medicine, said parents’ lives had also improved because they worry less about their child’s sleep.

“It’s really difficult to get children to adapt to the new routine,” said Elphick. “A lot of parents have read stuff online about tackling children’s sleep problems but failed.

“This programme takes two to three weeks of perseverance, and it often gets worse before it gets better.

“But this isn’t a complex invention. Yes, a lot of this is just good parental practice.

"Children involved are now getting to sleep faster, and many say their mood has changed from ‘grumpy’ to ‘happy’ thanks to a good night’s sleep.”

With my children and grandchildren, I’ve used a consistent bedtime routine of bath, books, bottle and bed, adjusted as they got older but always with a nice, calm, quiet winding down.

It’s worked about two-thirds of the time.

Be The First To Comment

Top Stories

Brazilian ballerina born without arms soars with her attitude
Achieving Woman - By Reuters

Confessions: I was deported from Dubai, my family rejected me after my savings ran out
Lady Speak - By Hilda Boke Mahare

Conjoined twins not expected to live now learning to walk and thriving at school
The Clinic - By Mirror

Woman left penniless after being tricked out of Sh6 million by online dating lover
Girl Talk - By Mirror

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry 'risk being accused of having ideas above their station'
Entertainment - By Mirror

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's divorce papers reveal reason for divorce
Entertainment - By Mirror

Girl code: Single parents, just how do you date?
Girl Talk - By Beryl Wanga Itindi

Woman remains hopeful despite being bedridden for 32 years
Readers Lounge - By Audrey Masitsa

Meghan Markle 'hints at baby gender' with huge 'ethically sourced' sapphire ring
Entertainment - By Mirror

4 ways to break a soul tie
Relationships - By Jennifer Karina

Latest Stories

Should I have waited so long to have a baby
Parenting - By Tony Mochama

'We quit our jobs to run a family YouTube channel - here's how we made it work'
Parenting - By Mirror

Mum's 'heart sinks' as son draws heartbreaking reality of her working from home
Parenting - By Mirror

Why my toddler might be part of a generation actually benefiting from the lockdown
Parenting - By Mirror

Gospel musician Kambua opens up about losing new born
Parenting - By Lolita Bunde

Easy ways to improve communication with your children
Parenting - By Lolita Bunde

Halle Berry reveals how she is teaching son to rethink gender stereotypes
Parenting - By Audrey Masitsa

Call for reintroduction of caning in schools divides opinion
Parenting - By Derrick Oluoch

'My first baby should've been a dream - but traumatic birth changed my life forever'
Parenting - By Mirror

Things you could be doing that are hurting your children’s self-esteem
Parenting - By Lolita Bunde

Stay Ahead!

Access premium content only available
to our subscribers.

Or Login With Your Standard Account
Support independent journalism

Please enter your email address to continue

Support independent journalism
Create An Account
Support independent journalism
I have an account Log in
Reset Password
Support independent journalism
Log in