Spring ahead and fall behind! I definitely prefer the fall because I might get to sleep for an extra hour, as long as my girls have the same plan – haha! Remember the fabulous sleep ins you used to get? Aaaaaaah yes, warm, comfy and quiet bed with as many hours of rest as you wanted! That sounds so dreamy to me! Although I wouldn’t trade my life now for anything in the world, I do dream of one day sleeping in again.
One of my top priorities as a mom, is to get as much sleep as I can and to get good quality sleep no matter how long it lasts! These days my sweet little baby girls seem to be very in tune with the sun rising and setting. They get up with the sun, which thankfully doesn’t get up at 5:30am anymore, and they feel it’s time to sleep when the sun goes down, which happens much earlier now around 6 or 6:30pm. I want to make sure we all sleep well, specially after the time change, which can often throw things right off! So here are a few gentle tools that have helped us through the time change and hopefully they’ll help you too!
Plan your day (the day before the time change takes place) to be active for your little ones, so that once bedtime rolls around, they are more than ready for it!
Chamomile or Passionfruit Tea
One to one and half hours before heading to bed. A warm chamomile tea is physically and mentally calming. Add a spoonful of honey and that should help sleep, as well as add a nice touch of sweet.
If you give your little one a bedtime snack, make it a food that helps with sleep such as, walnuts, pistachios, almonds, crackers, cheese, tart cherry juice (not the sweet sugary one), kale chips or hummus with crackers. All of these foods are in one way or another able to help with the body’s production of melatonin, the hormone that helps bring on sleep.
Warm Bath and Massage
A warm bath or shower is fabulously relaxing and promotes sleep. Coupled with a nice relaxing massage, my, youngest has her best nights (with the longest stretches of sleep) when she has a bath.
Deep Sleep tincture by A. Vogel has fresh Valerian and Hops in it, which are both good at helping with sleep. Valerian has specifically been used to treat difficulty sleeping, as well as restlessness, nervousness and anxiety. Hops has historically been used to treat sleep problems, anxiety, irritability, excitability and restlessness. Both Valerian and Hops work to enhance GABA levels in the brain. GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that promotes and protects sound and restful sleep. GABA also ensures that our brain spends the right amount of time in restorative sleep cycles, to give you the most mentally and physically restorative sleep possible. Valerian tastes awful, but it works! It’ll also tKe about 10 days give or take for Valerian to make an impact. This particular formulation isn’t meant for children, but both ingredients can be consumed by children. Speak to a Naturopath about the appropriate use and dosage for your child.
Magnesium is my go to for children and sleep. Magnesium helps activate the neurotransmitters that are responsible for calming the mind and body. Magnesium does a lot in the human body and is involved in nearly