How to win bedtime battle against the sleepless children | Winning the bedtime battle! l am sure. Like many parents you have a hard time before your child fall in sleep every night. The first step is to figure out why your child says, “But I’m not tired!” He is in need of more attention? Is he scared of the dark? Is he/she feeling the need to assert his independence?
Or, the answer could be that he really isn’t tired. Your child may have a natural inclination to be alert late at night. In order to reduce your child’s resistance. Think about his stage of maturation, his bedtime routine. And any important changes in his life. Such as a divorce or death in the family.
Winning the bedtime battle!
Insecurity and Distractions;
Many children are afraid of being alone in a dark room. According to Cliff Siewall, M.D., as quoted by Sarah Hotter in I’m Not Tired! (Working Mother, September 1995), “It leaves them to their own imaginations, and it’s easy for them to envision monsters in the closet or under the bed.”
Your child could also be experiencing a bit of separation anxiety. Does she have a hard time going to day care or the babysitter’s? She could be feeling some of that same worry when she has to leave you to go to bed at night.
The continued noise and activity level in the house at your child’s bedtime. It may be distracting her from falling asleep. She may be afraid she is missing out on the fun. And will maintain, “I’m not tired!” In these circumstances, consider the following solutions:
Bedtime battle! Tips to put the children sleep;
- Tackle fears.Talk to her about her fears and kindly explain that she is safe and you won’t let anything happen to her. Let her keep her door open a crack, and keep the hall light on. According to Sarah Hotter in the article mentioned above. You should not offer to stay by her side until she falls asleep. Dr. Siewall warns this could make your child become dependent on your presence every night.
- Set routines.Give your child at least half an hour to relax and get ready to go to bed. Comforting rituals include taking baths and reading bedtime stories. Hotter offers that “. . . predictability will increase your child’s sense of security.”
- Establish a consistent bedtime.Once you choose a bedtime that will give your child enough sleep (11 to 12 hours is the typical amount of sleep needed by a three- to five-year-old), be sure to enforce it. All children benefit from a regular sleep schedule.
Bedtime Rebellion and Desire for Extra Attention;
Your children may say, “I’m full of energy, l am an hero. l do not need to sleep, l am not tired!” to challenge your rules and practice their smartness. Children have a strong desire for control as they get older. Or, your child could have a real need for more attention. Hotter quotes Dr. Siewall as saying, “If a child needs some extra attention from a parent, he’s apt to stall sleep. Because calling out to a parent and postponing bedtime are good ways of getting attention.” If this is your situation, try applying the following tactics.
“I’m Really Not Tired!”
Kids fall asleep when their body temperatures drop. They wake up when their temperatures start to rise. If you try to put your child to bed before her temperature has dropped, she will be telling the truth when she says “I’m not tired!”
You can change your child’s sleep pattern (the process usually takes about two weeks) by waking her up fifteen minutes earlier each day. Jamie Why, MD. He says, “By waking your child up earlier, you’ll be creating a small sleep deficit during the day. Your child will be tired and more apt to go to sleep earlier at night.”
If it is also difficult to wake your child in the morning. “. . . establish a long and gentle wake-up routine,” says Lynne Embro, Ph.D. Start an hour before your child really needs to get out of bed. Cover her with another blanket to raise her body temperature. Play music, and turn up the volume every fifteen minutes. Give her a glass of juice to raise her blood-sugar level.
Bedtime battle! Help for parents!
Dr. Anthony J. LaPen, in Help for Parents. He says resistance going to bed is caused by a desire to manipulate or get attention from parents. He says nagging, threatening, spanking. And scolding won’t work. Even negative attention will be a reward to the child. “If you give a child attention or power,” says Dr. LaPen, “the behaviour will continue. If you damage the self-image, more serious problems will develop.”
Instead, Dr. LaPen says you should allow children to lie in bed and read or play quietly. Be sure to give praise when they cooperate at bedtime. According to Dr. Lapen, “If the issue of sleep loses its power to upset parents. Children will get the sleep they need.”
If your child wails!
In Answers: A Parents’ Guidebook for Solving Problems, Dr. Paul Roby also supports the theory that even negative attention. Will inspire children to keep putting up a struggle at bedtime. He says, “When a child misbehaves, it is because such actions produce some positive satisfaction for him.”
Dr. Roby is an advocate of the extinction method. This means that the misbehaviour will stop if you remove the pay-off that resulted from the misbehaviour in the past. Dr. Roby says, “A child’s desire to misbehave will fade when five to ten repeats of that behaviour fail to produce a pay-off.”
If you stop responding in the way you have in the past, after five to ten times. Your child will decide resisting bedtime is no longer worth the effort. It takes a time, patience, and persistence. But if you use the extinction method consistently. It is one of the most effective methods for stopping misbehaviour.