Did anyone get a lie-in in this morning?

Worried that the bedtime routine may go to pot now the clocks have gone back?

According to the ‘Great British Bedtime Report’ complied by the Sleep Council more than a quarter of people who have
three children (26%) sleep poorly most nights. The report concludes that that the average Briton goes to bed at
11.15pm and gets just six hours and 35 minutes sleep per night. This is considerably less than the ideal of 8 hours and 15 minutes!

For the full report see https://www.sleepcouncil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/The-Great-British-Bedtime-Report.pdf

So is it time to address any sleep issues?

Let’s start with ensuring the end of British Summer Time does not exacerbate any sleep problems your family has.

Ensure you start the bedtime routine this evening at the usual time (as per clock)  – not at the time your child’s body clock thinks it is!

If they wake early tomorrow (as per their body clock) use your usual techniques for informing them it is still night time. Ensure any timers on nightlights or Gro-clocks are changed and use a reward system for staying in bed when they supposed to! Always reward for staying in bed and/or lying still not for falling asleep – that is harder for your child to achieve.

For help and support with family sleep problems visit http://www.goodnightsolutions.co.uk/services