Sleep problems are very common among children. In fact, most kids aren't getting enough sleep at night. In 2004, The National Sleep Foundation conducted the Sleep in America Poll, the first nationwide survey on the sleep habits of children and their parents. The results showed that 69% of children, ages 10 and under, are not getting enough sleep.
When a child becomes sleep deprived, they are likely to have a hard time controlling their emotions. This can lead to potential problems at home and at school, and it can be exhausting for parents! (As if parenting isn’t hard enough, having a child with sleep problems can make your job even more difficult!) According to this same Sleep in America Poll, many parents and caregivers lose upwards of 200 hours of sleep a year due to their child’s nighttime awakenings.
This is where bedtime yoga can help!
By incorporating yoga into the bedtime routine, kids of all ages will be stretching and twisting and breathing their way into dreamland. The goal of bedtime yoga is to help a child shift his/her mind's focus from being preoccupied with daily stressors to focusing his/her attention to yoga postures, relaxation techniques and breath work, with the ultimate goal being a restful sleep.
Encourage your child to try these exercises before going to bed: