When you have a newborn, one of the best pieces of advice you will hear is to set a bedtime routine and to set it early. Whatever you choose, stick to it, be consistent and you will have better luck getting your baby to sleep every night. By setting a routine early, children know it is time to go to sleep and their bodies will become conditioned to it.
So why as adults have we gotten out of the habit of a nighttime routine? How many of us try to go to bed by a certain time, only to be distracted? These distractions often lead to difficulty falling asleep, a restless sleep and exhaustion felt in the morning and throughout the next day. This, of course, influences our mood and mental health.
Why not fall back into the nighttime routine that we set for our children, and see some of the benefits? Here’s how: