5 tips to reduce nightmares and night terrors in children - Malta Baby & Kids

5 tips to reduce nightmares and night terrors in children

5 tips to reduce nightmares and night terrors in children!

Nightmares and night terrors can be a frightening experience, both for children and parents alike. In this article, we'll delve into the world of disturbed dreams in little ones and explore how you can help your child sleep peacefully. Let's get started!

Step 1 – Create a calming atmosphere before bedtime

To improve sleep quality for children, creating a relaxing environment in their bedroom is essential. This involves dimming lights, adjusting the room temperature, and minimizing distractions like loud noises and screens.

Limiting screen time before bed helps regulate the body's sleep-wake cycle, encouraging alternative activities like reading or drawing.

Step 2 – Avoid scary content before bedtime

To prevent nightmares, be cautious about the images your child is exposed to on screens during the day. Some of them may be unsuitable, frightening, and have repercussions on their sleep. Also, choose the books you read to them carefully in the evening during wind-down time or before bedtime. Avoid stories about monsters, wolves, or witches. Opt for stories that promote relaxation and calmness. Listening to gentle relaxations at bedtime can also be a good idea. Designed to help children have pleasant images in their minds before sleep, they will promote falling asleep and relaxation.

Step 3 – Create a safe environment

Ensure that the child's bedroom is comfortable, dimly lit, and devoid of distractions. While you might assume that complete silence is necessary, most babies are accustomed to various sounds from the womb, like heartbeats and breathing, so a completely silent environment may feel unfamiliar to them.

Did you know that maintaining a room temperature between 15 and 19 degrees celsius is optimal for a restful night's sleep? A cooler room temperature is crucial for promoting quality sleep.

Additionally, providing a favourite cuddly toy or comforting object can further help the child feel secure at night.

Step 4 – Encourage emotional expression

Give the child opportunities to talk about their fears and concerns during the day. Encourage them to express their emotions and ask questions about what is bothering them.

Approach bedtime with patience and empathy, especially during times of change or stress. Establishing a calming bedtime routine is key. By creating consistent habits and a relaxing sleep environment, you can help your child sleep peacefully and wake up refreshed. So, snuggle up, read a story, and enjoy the magic of bedtime bonding.

Step 5 – Reassure the child after a nightmare

If the child wakes up after a nightmare, offer gentle and reassuring comfort. Talk to them about the reality of the scary content of the nightmare and reassure them that they are safe in their room.

By implementing these tips and providing consistent support, you can help your child better manage nightmares and night terrors.

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