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Children and bedtime routines

27 Feb

A short story or a lullaby, a goodnight kiss or a heartfelt prayer – the way we prepare our children for a relaxing night’s sleep after a tumultuous day is very important.

Here are some tips: Whenever possible,

keep to the same time and the same routine

. It should last between 15 – 30 minutes and during this time you should devote your attention solely to your child. This creates a close bond, enhancing feelings of security and helping your child to get to sleep quickly. This is not the time to discuss problems or spar with your child over behavioural issues. Television, rough-and-tumbles and scary stories are also taboo! Talking about the best moments from each day, fairy tales and other stories are all good ways to end the day.

And traditional songs like „Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder where you are” never lose their shine….

New-borns and the elderly have different sleep patterns

28 Oct

Imagine this: from the 26th week of pregnancy, it is already possible to show that a foetus sleeps. During the first six months of life, new-borns spend around 16 hours a day sleeping – a necessary period of rest, not only for the baby, but also often for the mother. At this time, however, several sleep phases are spread throughout the day and night, in contrast to later years.

This rhythm changes from the age of five. The child now spends between 10 – 12 hours sleeping at night, sometimes accompanied by a short 1 – 2 hour nap during the day. A child’s need for sleep is reduced further by school age to settle at around 8 1/2 hours.

With increasing age, the need for sleep at night diminishes. A 70 year old, for example, often only needs 5 or 6 hours a night. Conversely, older people often enjoy shorter or longer naps during the day, so their total sleep time frequently amounts to a total of 8 hours.