November 9, 2012

Customizing your child’s bedroom for quality sleep for life

More than genetics, where your kid sleeps or naps will have a greater impact on sleep quality...

More than genetics, where your kid sleeps or naps will have a greater impact on sleep quality, and their future sleeping habits. A recent study in the journal Pediatrics by epidemiologists Abigail Fisher, Cornelia van Jaarsveld, Clare Llewellyn and Jane Wardle found that healthy sleepers slept in dark, quiet and peaceful bedrooms.

Quality of sleep is so very important: Lost shut-eye has been linked to risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes.

Here are some easy tips for raising future happy sleepers:

  • Make sure that the bedroom is the same each night, and leave distracting toys and gadgets out. Dr. Stephen Sheldon, director at the Sleep Medicine Center at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago, told the Chicago Tribune, “Children thrive on consistency.”
  • If you use a nightlight, make sure it’s very dim. Our bodies are designed to respond to darkness. Dim light signals that it’s time to go to sleep. You might notice that screentime before bed makes it hard for you to drift off. That’s because the light is inhibiting the production of melatonin, the all-important calming hormone that makes us sleepy.
  • Keep cool. Although scientists don’t all agree on what temperature is ideal, they do suggest staying on the cooler side; overheating can increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • Introduce a little greenery. Plants are great for absorbing toxins in the air that may be disturbing your child’s sleep. Peace lilies and aloe vera are among plants that double as air purifiers

Teach your children positive sleep hygiene with a comfortable bedroom for all your sleep needs. Bolton Furniture offers kids furniture for great value. Invest in a bedroom suite with timeless style: choose from the Essex, Mission, and Wakefield collections to ensure quality sleep for life.


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