Sleep

How Screens Spoil Kids’ Sleep

In the past two decades, we’ve seen an explosion in the number and variety of electronic devices with screens. While this is great for keeping in touch, enjoying entertainment and getting things done, there’s an increasing body of evidence, and plenty of first-hand experience, that says that too much time spent in front of a screen can harm sleep – especially in kids. The scale According to the National Sleep Foundation, some 43% of school-aged children have a TV or computer in their bedr...

How Much Sleep Do Kids Need?

Sleep is crucial for a child’s development, especially at an early age. It’s a time when they can reboot their energy levels, their bodies can grow, and essential hormones that are fundamental to their proper development are released. But how much sleep do children actually need to do all this? Newborn sleep During the first twelve weeks, a newborn baby will need to get plenty of rest. Although they may regularly wake up, they’ll typically go from needing around 16 hours in the first few ...

Classic Stories to Read With Children

Dim the lights, get comfortable and prepare your kids for an adventure they'll never forget - it's time for a bedtime story. Perhaps one of the only things that will convince kids to actually get into bed, reading stories to children at bedtime has been a well-loved practice for many, many years. There are so many amazing stories for kids currently out there, but today we're focusing on five classics children of all ages will love. Ideal for fuelling their imaginations, teaching them important l...

The Importance of Reading a Bedtime Story

Parents everywhere are sure to have experienced their child’s tantrums at bedtime at some point. Whether it’s age-old excuses of reasons why they’re just not tired, wanting to stay up for one more game, or the common internal battle of not letting themselves fall to sleep even though they’re shattered, children seem to have a million tricks up their sleeves to delay heading to the land of nod. Thankfully, children aren’t the only ones with clever methods for bedtimes. Reading a bedtime...

Five Reasons You Shouldn't Share Your Bed With Your Cat

They’re soft and furry, cuter than a teddy bear, and super-lovable (when they feel like it, of course), so it comes as no surprise that research has shown that over half of all dog and cat owners sleep with their animals regularly. But what about letting children sleep with your cats? Arguably feistier and a little less intelligent compared to dogs, are there any negatives to letting a cat share a bed with your young kids? Turns out the answer might be ‘yes’. They can disturb sleep A stud...

The Pros and Cons of Allowing Your Dog to Sleep in Your Bed

We all love our pooches, and having a constant companion is one of the main reasons most people choose to get a dog, but what about letting them share a bed with you? Having a cuddly critter nestled up to you or at the end of your mattress is a divisive choice, so what are the positives and negatives of letting Fido take a step up from the doggy bed? Pros There are lots of benefits from letting a dog share a bed with you, from making you feel more secure to simply warming up your duvet in the c...

Should Kids Share Their Bed with a Pet?

If you have pets in your home, chances are your children have a pretty strong bond with their furry pals, but while we’re fine with them playing with them, cuddling them and taking them out for walks, what about sharing a bed together? According to researchers, around half of all dog and cat owners say they’ve shared a bed or bedroom with their furry friends (some sources say up to 79% of owners do!), but with lots of people against the practice, is the practice healthy, and can it have nega...

How to avoid napping at work

We recently carried out some research looking into the nation’s habits in the workplace and when working from home.   It revealed that over a third of us have got away with having a nap at work but one in eight (12%) have caught by their boss and been disciplined for it! To avoid having to nap throughout the day and risk an awkward situation at work, follow our tips below for getting a good night's sleep:   Stick to a set time every day to go to bed and to get up - even at weekends....

Are you scared of the dark?

With Halloween being just around the corner and the clocks going back this weekend, here at Time4Sleep we surveyed the nation to find out how many people are afraid of the dark. We found that over half of adults are scared of the dark, even more so than children. When asked why so many adults are scared of the dark, psychotherapist, life coach and couple’s counsellor, Hilda Burke said: “I’m surprised that such a high proportion of adults are afraid of the dark. Having said that, many adu...

Kids and Sleep: The Problem of Summer Sleeping

We all know that children can suddenly become experts in delaying tactics when the clock ticks around to bedtime! Excuses such as needing another drink, having to clean their teeth or do their homework are all too common.           In fact, we've found recently that the UK's kids are getting far more creative with their excuses! From claiming that there are mermaids under their bed, to insisting that they need to eat their toast in the bath first (we have no idea where ...

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