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25
May
2021

THE DOs AND DON’Ts OF CREATING A BEDTIME ROUTINE FOR YOUR CHILDREN

A bedtime routine is a set of repetitive and consistent activities done every night before bed, as a means to facilitate good sleep. With the right sleep routine, you can ensure that you enjoy quality sleep every night. In children, a set bedtime routine ensures that they are able to enjoy good sleep each night, thereby aiding their overall well-being.

It’s not enough to create a bedtime routine for your children, you have to ensure that you engage in the right practices that won’t sabotage the benefits that a bedtime routine is supposed to have. This is why understanding the dos and don’ts of engaging your children in a bedtime routine is important.

DOs OF CREATING A BEDTIME ROUTINE FOR YOUR CHILDREN

Do it consistently

The major idea behind a bedtime routine is consistency. You have to ensure that the selected activities are ones that your children engage in every night or as many nights as possible. This would help them become accustomed to it and help their body easily get used to the idea of the routine.

Have a daytime routine

Following a set routine during the daytime too will help to maintain a flow for the nightly routine. Practices like ensuring that your children get enough sunlight, engage in exercises, and have short naps in between activities during the day, can help to regulate their Circadian rhythm and enhance good sleep.

Have a set of bedtime hygiene rules

Engaging your children in some bedtime hygiene rules will help to ensure that they enjoy a goodnight’s rest. Turning off the bedroom lights or for children who are scared of the dark, switching to dim lights, maintaining a cool and clean bedroom, and ensuring that there is no unnecessary noise, are sleep hygiene rules that can help your children enjoy good sleep. On your own part as a parent, you also have to ensure that you follow set rules too. For instance, engaging in noisy activities after you have tucked your children in for the night is not beneficial to them as the noise can keep them awake.

Make it short

When creating a bedtime routine, you want to go for activities that are not time-consuming and would be easy to carry out even on nights when you are short on time. Also, making the bedtime routine short will help to ensure that your children have ample time to go to bed and enjoy a long night’s rest.

Listen to your child

Although you are ultimately in charge of creating a nightly routine for your children, it is important that you have a discussion with them to understand which activities work and which ones don’t. Listening to their concerns will help you know where to make changes and adopt new methods.

DON’Ts OF CREATING A BEDTIME ROUTINE FOR YOUR CHILDREN

Don’t let them use electronic gadgets right before bed

Phones, televisions, and other electronic gadgets produce blue light and constant exposure to it can have an impact on a person’s sleep quality. You have to ensure that your children do not use electronic gadgets when it’s getting close to bedtime.

Don’t carry out the routine when they are already sleeping

If for any reason, your children go to sleep without engaging in their routine, let them continue sleeping. Waking them up can make them grumpy and make it difficult for them to get back to sleep. It is better to start out the routine before the child becomes drowsy.

Don’t let them eat caffeinated and sugary foods

Like with adults, certain foods can have effects on sleep in children too. Try to keep nighttime snacks to a minimum and if there will be snacks, make them as healthy as possible. Avoid snacks with caffeine as they can cause hyperactivity, sugary foods can also make children hyperactive and can cause cavities.

Don’t let them run around at night

Children have ample time during the day, to run around and burn off steam as much as they want. Letting them run around before bedtime will only work them into a frenzied state and keep them too hyperactive to sleep.

Don’t let them sleep in on weekends

It can be typically tempting to let your children take a break from their bedtime routine and let them go to bed later than the usual time, you should however note that this can lead to an imbalance that would make them find it difficult to return to the routine during weekdays.

Bedtime routines are important and with the right practices, they can be extremely beneficial to not just your children but to you too.

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23
Apr
2021

SEVEN WAYS TO BRING THE HOTEL EXPERIENCE TO YOUR HOME

You don’t have to walk into a hotel before you can enjoy the experience that comes with lodging into your favorite hotel. With a tweak here and there, you can recreate a hotel experience that you wouldn’t need to break the bank for.

Indulging in creating a hotel-like experience in your home can be a way to relax and create a serene environment for yourself. Below are some ways to experience the suite life at home:

DECLUTTER

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One of the most inviting features of most hotels is the decluttered rooms. It can be visually appealing to be in a room that doesn’t have unnecessary items lying around and taking up space. Apart from that, it can also have a calming effect on the mind. You can work on decluttering your room so as to give yourself that suite-like feeling. It is also an idea that makes space conservation easier.

INVEST IN FRESH SHEETS

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Honestly, not a lot of things feel as good as fresh, soft, and fluffy sheets on a bed and that is one thing hotels are good at in abundance –fresh sheets. Investing in new sheets will not only help you enjoy the suite-like experience you are looking for but will also help your health. Dirty and worn sheets can have adverse effects on your sleep and health.

INVEST IN PILLOWS

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Another great thing about hotel rooms is the fluffy pillows they tend to stock up on. With fluffy, soft pillows and an arrangement that makes the bed as inviting as a hot beverage on a rainy day, your trip to la-la land can be a pretty smooth ride. You can choose to inculcate the pillow habits of your favourite hotel and bring in the much-needed suite life to your home.

INTRODUCE APPEALING SCENTS

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When you create experiences that appeal to your senses, don’t forget how helpful your sense of smell can be. The power of smell is so strong that it can transport you anywhere without you leaving your room. With appealing and alluring scents, you can create a whole vacation vibe that you can enjoy in the comfort of your home without having to leave your room or spend a dime.

SPICE UP YOUR BATHROOM

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Why don’t you make your bathroom into your own spa and create a pampering environment to let go of pent-up stress? Invest in bathing essentials that you typically wouldn’t buy and since we are going for a suite-like experience, why don’t you recreate the scene using bathing essentials from a hotel you’ve once visited. A clean bathroom, collection of bathing essentials including bath salts, bubble bombs, and mosturisers, warm lighting, and music can create a harmony of hotel vibes. Want to take it up a notch? Why don’t you introduce a glass of your favourite champagne/wine to the scene?

GET COMFORT CLOTHING ITEMS

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Ever gotten comfy in a bathrobe and fluffy bath slippers? Doesn’t the feeling just give you hotel vibes? Introducing bathrobes and bath slippers to your comfort routine is one way to create a hotel-like experience for yourself at home.

CREATE YOUR OWN MINI-BAR

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You can create a private mini-bar by stocking up on munchies like chocolates, nuts, cookies, and even mini-sized fizzy drinks or spirits. Imagine eating all the munchies you want without having to worry about your hotel bill racking up the cost.

Bringing hotel-like experiences to your home doesn’t have to be a one-time routine. You can choose to make it a ritual that helps you spice up your environment, thereby helping your state of mind. You can choose to make minor changes around your home that are similar to the ones gotten from your favourite hotel suite. Get inspiration from hotel catalogues and gradually inculcate them into your home.

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