We trust that everyone enjoyed their Christmas weekend? Was our prediction correct regarding the kids having an early night on Christmas Eve?
Millbrook Contract Beds enjoyed our time off with our families and friends but we did not forget about our promise to finish off the The Children‘s Guide to Sleep. As we established in the last two blogs (part one can be read here and part two can be read here) children need sleep in order to develop in terms of general health, physical well-being and mental functioning.
In this final part of our guide, which we hope has been of some use to people, we will give our last list of tips to help parents in their quest to get their kids to go to sleep!
So, how can you ensure that children get their required hours of sleep?
In the last blog we established the following data from actual research carried out over the years:
- Children aged between 4-6 sleep between 10½ to 11½ hours at night.
- Children aged 6-12 tend to sleep for almost 10 hours a night.
- Teenagers should get 8-9 hours of sleep a night.
Further to our earlier suggestions, beyond ensuring you have good quality contract beds and contract bedroom furniture, the environment a child or teenager sleeps in needs to be reconsidered and then redesigned for sleep.
What do we mean by this?
The multiplicity of distractions in the bedroom such as toys, computer consoles, games, internet access and/or television sets can turn the bedroom into a place for play rather than rest. Some children and teens have all of the above scattered about in there. Believe it or not but this is the most unhealthy thing to do for your children.
Circulating the air makes all the difference to a room filled with stale air. So make sure you air out the kids rooms well before the kids go to sleep as to make the room a cooler, fresher environment. This can be accomplished via simply opening the windows and door or installing basic air conditioning in the home so everyone can appreciate it.
Make sure their bedding is fresh and clean and that the sheets are washed regularly. This is an extension of another discipline – don’t allow your kids to eat in the bed! Many people do this and it is extremely unhygienic as the crumbs and food debris strewn on the sheets will cause sleep disruption, tossing & turning and will cause many children to stir awake during the night and irritate their skin.
Whatever the choice is for contract beds, just be sure to flip the mattresses regularly, once a week if possible and air out the sheets. One of the biggest no-nos is that you should never use hand-me-down mattresses for children. The second-hand mattress is the cause of the very issues that you are aiming to prevent.
So treat a child’s bed with care and pay their sleep routines due attention, as these early years are the most pivotal time for a child’s growth.
Millbrook Contract Beds is very much looking forward to a relaxing, fun Christmas and we hope all of you are too!
If you followed our previous blog on children’s sleep you’ll see how much importance is placed on a child’s sleeping patterns and routine. Read the first part HERE. In this follow-up blog we wanted to go through a few more aspects involved with children’s sleep. Continue reading »
As Christmas comes into full view this week, we were thinking about just how many children out there are anticipating the big day. As we explored in a previous blog, Christmas Eve is the only day in the year when children actually want to go to bed early!
So in keeping with that idea and in the spirit of Christmas, Millbrook Contract Beds wishes to talk about children’s sleep, its importance and how to get the kids to have enough of it. Continue reading »
Caring for those in poor health can be a difficult thing because they need to be kept as comfortable as possible. When someone’s health declines and they lose the ability to care for themselves, we have to offer them our assistance to ensure that they are looked after well and given the same quality of care that you would expect from a professional. They need a quality contract bed More often than not, it’s someone that we love dearly and they need our help to stay at their best for as long as they possibly can. Declining health isn’t just a fact of old age anymore; it can affect younger generations, too, due to all sorts of maladies and illness. Continue reading »
So it’s that time of year again and Millbrook Contract Beds is cosying up to the thought of a very Merry Christmas to come. If you’ve been following our blog you’ll see that we’ve been handing out some winter sleeping tips and ways of keeping yourselves warm during the colder months ahead, which we recommend you read for some good advice.
Now we feel it’s time to get festive!
As a run-up to the big day we thought we would focus on the best part of Christmas Eve… we’re not referring to the gatherings and parties or the Christmas specials on the television followed by the inevitable James Bond film or another showing of The Great Escape. We’re talking about that moment you get into bed, snuggle down to your pillow and drift off to sleep with one thought passing through your mind – its Christmas Day tomorrow!
It’s the magical moment for children, the calm before the storm for parents where they can find some brief peace, the moment of anticipation for excited teens and the excitement of the night before that everyone else just loves to feel, whether they are “bah humbug” people at Christmas or not.
We like the idea of beds playing such an important role during the Christmas period (generally considered the most positive day of the year, unless of course it’s a Christmas Day special on Eastenders). If you think about it, the purpose of beds at Christmas is kind of crucial to the whole mythology of Father Christmas…
The story goes that Father Christmas comes in his sleigh driven by eight reindeer plus Rudolph where he proceeds to slide down the chimney and drop off the presents under the tree for all the good children on his list while they sleep in their rooms, oblivious to his presence. It’s a great story that has lasted a long time and to this day is still a shared common belief amongst young children.
If we read into the myth of Father Christmas then a practical reality behind the story begins to emerge. Could it be that the moral of the story was originally to get children to behave all year round and to go to bed at reasonable times?
And does it still work? Well, in the build-up to Christmas it does. Children start behaving a little bit better than usual as the all-seeing, all-knowing Father Christmas incorporeally presides over the month of December to keep an eye on things. It’s the only time of year when children actually want to go to bed earlier!
Your beds are important all year around of course, whether its yuletide or not. At Millbrook Contract Beds we feel that the magic of Christmas really is to do with that night before when restless children countdown the minutes to sleep in their beds so they can wake up sooner to open their presents. Beds play a major role in all of our lives – they offer us warmth, comfort, security and privacy. They are the major parts of every home and for those of you who are using Millbrook beds or contract beds this December, we hope they give you a peaceful and glorious night’s sleep on Christmas Eve so you wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the most joyous day of the year.
Merry Christmas from all of us here at Millbrook.
Millbrook Contract Beds has discovered a disturbing fact about winter. During these icy, cold months, the average home in the UK and Ireland will leak about 20 per cent of the internal heat generated. When you are putting on the central heating or starting a fire, keep that statistic in mind. That could mean that you’re essentially just haemorrhaging both heat and money if you turn on the heat. Given the prices of energy and gas these days, that’s a lot of money straight down the proverbial plughole. Continue reading »
The time of year has come for us to address the sleep concerns of all those who have trouble nodding off in winter! While we have covered some familiar ground in the Millbrook Contract Beds blog on this subject before, we feel that the deeper we get into the bleak, harsh winter, the more tips you will need to have under your arm in order to stay warm at home. Continue reading »
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