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Tips & Tricks for Better Sleep from Your Children's Mattress Experts

At 5 Little Monkeys, we're proud to have created a revolutionary children's mattress designed to give kids exactly what they need for perfect sleep – but our mission goes beyond that. We're passionate about ensuring that children everywhere get the restful sleep they need to grow and thrive, and while the 5 Little Monkeys Sleep System is central to that goal, we also want to serve as a resource for all your sleep-related questions and needs. Feel free to take a look through our blog for tips, tricks, and advice on getting better sleep for your little one. And if you haven't already, try the 5 Little Monkeys Sleep System for 100 days, completely risk-free!

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It’s fairly common knowledge that the blue light emitted from our cell phones, TV screens, computers, and tablets can disturb our circadian rhythm, or our natural internal process that controls the sleep and wake cycle throughout the 24 hour day.

For many of us, our regular routines went out the window pretty quickly when quarantine began. I’m sure a brave and strong few were able to keep a regular routine going for a while longer than the majority. There may even be a more select few that still, somehow, have a routine in place and we commend you!

But for us mere mortals that are struggling to get our little monkeys into bed, sometimes they need more than the appeal...

The start of this school year is certainly different than those of years past. Even though school looks different for many of us this year that doesn’t mean the back to school routines should be that different.

If you’re like many families out there, the struggle to get back into a reliable routine when school is back in session is a tall order. Here are some friendly tips to get back into the swing of a school sleep routine:

Establish a Bedtime Routine

Create, and stick to, a relaxing bedtime routine that includes some “quiet time” to allow your child to wind down. Include relaxing activities like a calming bath and bedtime story for littler ones and some reading time...

As a parent, we’ve all experienced what happens when a child is overly tired. The tantrums, irritability, erratic behavior and worst of all, the inability to fall asleep because they are too tired. Tired brains can bring out challenging behavior in children which can make it extremely difficult for them and you at bedtime. When children are overly tired they produce more cortisol which in turn makes them hyper. With an excess for cortisol in their systems, children are more prone to frequent night wakings, earlier wake ups, and short or broken naps. Setting up Sleep Goals for your family can help get your children into healthy sleep habits that will last a lifetime.

Why is Sleep so Important For...