Sleep hygiene refers to the habits, practices and behaviours before going to sleep. According to newborn specialist and sleep consultant Dawn Grey, sleep hygiene (or lack of) can affect the quality and length of sleep for your toddler.
Here are some things to consider: 1. Bed and wake-up times need to be as consistent as possible 2. Keep it short! Don’t over complicate their bedtime routine. Kids need to be calm enough to fall asleep but if the routine is too long (more than 35 mins), they loses focus and can get another burst of energy 3. Allow ‘winding down time’ before the bedtime routine commences 4. No screen time in the 2 hours before bed 5. Ensure appropriately timed and length of naps 6. Check for the correct room temperature and lighting 7. Use the day wisely. If possible, get out in the daylight and have plenty of fresh air and exercise 8. Ensure they’re eating a healthy diet