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#1 We all wake up multiple times during the night
True. As part of our natural sleep cycles we all wake partially multiple times throughout the night but most of us fall straight back to sleep and have little memory of waking the next day.
#2 A cup of a tea and some chocolate biscuits are a good bedtime snack
False. Both tea and chocolate contain caffeine, which can make it difficult to fall asleep.
#3 Hide and seek is a great game to include in your child’s bedtime routine
False. You should include quiet, calming activities in your child’s bedtime routine. Things like colouring, play-doh or puzzles are good options.
#4 A visual chart can help support a bedtime routine
True. Many children are visual learners so a picture schedule can help them process the information.
#5 You should avoid playing music at bedtime
False. If your child finds music relaxing it’s fine to play music at bedtime. We’d recommend that it’s either kept on – quietly – all night or your child knows how to turn it on themselves if they wake up in the night and need the music to get back to sleep.
#6 Using phones and tablets close to bedtime can disrupt your sleep
True. Phones and tablets (and TVs) give out blue light which prohibits our natural melatonin production. Melatonin is the hormone that makes us feel sleepy.
#7 It’s best if you’re in the room when your child falls asleep
False. If your child falls asleep with you in the room they’ll find it harder to go back to sleep if they wake in the night and you’re not there. This is called a sleep association. Our new sleep tips booklet has more information on this and lots of other tips and techniques.
#8 A teddy can be used as a substitute for a parent
True. A blanket, teddy or item of your clothing can be used as a comforting object to substitute you when your child is falling asleep or if they wake up in the night. There’s more information on this and other techniques in our new sleep tips booklet.
#9 It’s okay to let your child into your bed if they wake up early on weekends as long as they stay in bed on weekdays
False. This is called intermittent reinforcement and it’s actually the most powerful type of reinforcement there is. Letting your child get into bed with you sometimes and not others can encourage your child to ‘try their luck’ most or every night. Consistency is key – whatever you feel is manageable.
#10 Avoid bright light in the morning
False. Bright light exposure (using something like a SAD lamp or a daylight bulb) in the morning can set our 24 hour sleep/wake cycle, helping with problems settling at night and waking up in the morning.