Sleep Tips for tired Parents

I spend most of my time giving sleep tips for children aged under 6, but I frequently have parents asking for suggestions of how they can improve their sleep too. Here are my sleep tips which are suitable for all adults to follow. However, these are particularly relevant to parents of poor sleepers, who find their own sleep limited and fragmented by their child’s sleep challenges.

Autumn clock change

Manage the Autumn Clock Change

The UK will be moving our clocks back by an hour next Sunday (27th October) to mark the end of British Summertime (Daylight Saving Time). Where perviously you might have looked forward to an extra hour in bed, there is no such luxury for parents of tricky sleepers! I always receive lots of emails and messages…

Relaxations and Meditations

If you have a very alert child or anxious child, they may have more difficulty in calming down or relaxing at bedtime.  This can show up in lots of different ways including difficult behaviour, pressing for arguments, asking lots of questions that haven’t been important until bedtime, or making lots of demands for drinks, toilet…

spring forwards clock change sleep tips

Spring forwards clock change

On Sunday 31st March we will moving our clocks forwards by one hour in the UK to begin British Summertime. The clock-change this year falls on Mothering Sunday (yep, we lose an hour of sleep on Mother’s Day – thanks!)   Aside from the rubbish timing this year, some parents worry that losing an hour…

Books at Bedtime

One of my favourite things to do is to share books with my children at bedtime. Real physical, page turning books. With exciting characters and beautiful illustrations. I find it’s a lovely calming and bonding time of the day when everyone relaxes, snuggles up and enjoys being in each other’s company. I love to see…

Over tiredness

A really common issue that I often see in the children I support is over tiredness. It can build up really easily, it can sometimes be hard to spot, and it can have a huge effect on your child’s day and night time behaviours.   What happens when over tiredness strikes? If your child becomes…