For children, going to sleep on Christmas Eve can be difficult. After all, there is much to be excited about. For parents, it may be difficult to remember those days when all you could think of the night before Christmas was what Santa may possibly leave under the tree. If you are having difficulty in getting your children to sleep on Christmas Eve, there are a few tricks that you can try.
During the Day
- Keep them active – Keeping children active during the day will help to ensure that they are tired enough to actually go to sleep despite all of the excitement. Plan activities for the day of Christmas Eve and ensure that they get plenty of exercise.
- Don’t Overdo – Your children are bound to be excited but you can help to curb that excitement just a bit. Try not to overdo stimuli that could promote anxiety. Moderate your activities and try to avoid anything that may make your children, particularly younger children, a bit more anxious than they need to be.
During the Evening
- Warm bath – A warm bath is just the thing that your children need to relax them before bedtime. If you have a normal bedtime routine, stick to it. Altering from that routine can cause even more excitement which can be difficult for children to overcome.
- Warm milk – Warm milk is another great way to make them sleepy before bedtime. Milk has tryptophan in it that causes sleepiness so offering them a glass with a Christmas cookie after dinner can help them to fall asleep sooner.
- Let them sleep – You may be tempted to keep reminding them that Santa is on his way but this may only lead to their restlessness. Try to avoid bringing on any more excitement. Simply close their bedroom door and allow them to drift off.
- Let them start early – It is customary in many households to open a gift on Christmas Eve. If this is feasible, allow your children one gift before bedtime to help curb their excitement. They will be thinking more about the gift that they opened than those that are soon to come and will fall asleep faster.
There is no right or wrong way to put your children to bed on Christmas Eve. If you are concerned about them falling asleep, get them up early on the morning of Christmas Eve or use any of the steps above to help calm their excitement and promote a better night’s sleep.
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