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3 Bedroom Design Tips to Help Kids Sleep

Children need sleep — and lots of it. According to the National Institute of Health, if you have a preschooler, they need between 11-12 hours of sleep every day. Older school-aged children shouldn't skimp on sleep either – they require at least 10 hours each night.

Why is sleep so important for kids? The NIH states that there are many benefits linked to getting enough sleep. First, consider school. When you get all of your recommended sleep hours in, your learning and problem-solving skills improve. Sufficient sleep also helps you pay attention and be creative. As if that weren't reason enough to bump up your child's bedtime, there are also numerous physical health benefits associated with getting enough sleep, including lowering the risk of obesity.

So are you ready to ensure that your child gets enough sleep each and every night? Start with these simple design tips, and you'll be able to quickly and easily transform any bedroom into the perfect space for a peaceful night's sleep.

Relocate the screens

It may sound extreme, but your child will definitely sleep better if all electronic devices are banished from the bedroom. The light that is emitted by electronic devices is a "blue light" that suppresses the body's production of melatonin more powerfully than other sources of light. Melatonin is an important hormone that regulates our sleep and wakefulness. If it's close to bedtime and your children are engaging with their devices, their brains shift into ‘awake mode,' and that will definitely not help them sleep. Your best bet is to limit evening screen time and move the TV, computer and other devices elsewhere.

Upgrade the window treatments

Purchasing room-darkening shades, blinds or curtains for your child's room is a smart thing to do. During the summer months, these window treatments can block out the evening light that’s still present at bedtime. They can also help eliminate the distracting glow of streetlights or traffic lights throughout the night. Room-darkening window treatments can be used year round to block out daylight for afternoon naps and can also prevent the early morning light from waking up your little one before they get all of their sleep. If possible, choose cordless window coverings and always ensure that your blinds, shades and other window treatments are properly installed and secured to keep your little one safe.

Consider adding aromatherapy

There are studies that indicate that lavender essential oil may help relax and improve sleep. You can add an aromatherapy element to your child's bedroom by using an essential oil diffuser. For an even simpler way to incorporate lavender essential oil, try creating your own lavender linen spray or using a natural lavender-scented detergent when washing bed sheets. Be sure to check with your pediatrician first before trying any form of aromatherapy so that you can discuss allergy risks or any other sensitivities that your child may have.

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