It is difficult to get kids to sleep. It is more difficult to get kids to sleep on Christmas eve.
1. Get Cozy
In winter, correct duvet and pillows will help you sleep. Make sure you have a warm enough duvet, the right pillow and bedding before Christmas.
2. Keep Sugar to a minimum
Well, it sounds easy. But it’s difficult to actually make them. Most people indulge and buy far too much chocolate and treats during the festive time. Your children absolutely love sugar treats. Eating them before going to bed will affect bed time routines.
3. Keep Kids to a Normal Routine
Although Santa and his reindeers will soon be overhead, this doesn’t mean you should alter the bedtime routine of your children. It is difficult to get children into a routine. Changing it indirect tells your children that something interesting is on the horizon.
4. Pre-bedtime Bath
Having a nice relaxing bath can help anyone get to sleep. The natural cooling down of the body following the bath helps us relax.
5. Warm Milk
Milk helps you and your children off to the land of nod, because it contains tryptophan which is an enzyme that induces sleep. You can eat a little snack of cheese if you don’t like drink milk.
6. Have an Active Christmas Eve
Exercising can help us sleep. You can find a time to make kids do some exercise such as long walks on Christmas Eve, they will quickly forget about the big day on the horizon for a short while.
7. Keep Distracted
This is something you can incorporate into their bed time routine. You can tell a bed time story, or play them an audio book, or get them into old-fashioned reading, depending on their age. As your eyes and brain is engaging less, you will find these activities are better than watching television or playing on a tablet.
8. A Little Tipple
Make a drink with win and a good glass of merlot, for grapes contain melatonin in a form similar to the hormone we produce which tells us it is time for bed. It is recommended to choose red instead of white.
9. Present Opening Times
If your children wake up, you can open their presents. Make sure they don’t leave their rooms until it is at least light outside. Keep reminding them of a specific time that you are opening presents.
If your children are a little older, this is very helpful. You can tell them the time, and then leave them with a clock for them to check instead of disturbing you every hour.
10. Tell Them Santa Won’t Visit
If your children are defying the other tips, you can whisper “go to bed or Santa won’t come here”, and then your children will immediately go to sleep.