Sleep decisions ‘lie with parents’

It is important that children do not control when they go to bed, but instead are set an evening routine by their parents.

This is the advice given by paediatrician Dr Michael Barker in an interview with wltx.com.

Adults need to enforce a night-time routine to encourage youngsters to get enough sleep

Adults need to enforce a night-time routine to encourage youngsters to get enough sleep

He explained how decisions regarding what time youngsters should rest lie with the adults as they are the key factor in encouraging little ones get the shut-eye they need.

“First thing you need to do is the parent needs to choose the bedtime and not let the child do it. So I think that’s the first step to getting the desired amount of sleep,” he said.

Dr Barker remarked how drinking water can also help kids to get the 11 to 12 hours slumber they require when they are young.

Elsewhere, GMTV’s Dr Hilary Jones recently described in an article for the News of the World how having a comfortable mattress is vital if individuals are to get a decent snooze each night.

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