It’s best to tell children to use this strategy on the floor of their bedroom at a time OTHER than bedtime to start with. The afternoon can work well. This is so that children don’t worry if the technique is not working – something they may do just before bedtime which will make it even harder to go to sleep! In my experience, when this technique works, children start to naturally use it before bedtime. Also, remember not to ask a child about their day just before bedtime….if things haven’t gone so well, this may upset them. It’s best to talk about the day in the afternoon or at dinner time.
A Beach in the Bedroom
Help your child with visualisation
Older children can find it hard to get to sleep because they are worrying about things. Visual imagery and relaxation techniques can help take their minds off these worries. These techniques are best suited to children aged 4 years and up.
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