The benefits of guided sleep meditation for kids
Getting your child to sleep is no easy feat (we know!), but guided meditation for kids could be the answer to getting them to sleep restfully, and (fingers crossed) stay asleep for longer.
Does your child have trouble drifting off, even when the lights are out? Or does your child have anxiety, attention-deficit disorder (ADD) or is there something else that gets in the way of resting their little heads into slumber?
Let’s have a look at the benefits of guided meditation for kids and how to include it in their bedtime routine. (You may even find that you’ll want to try it for yourself).
What is sleep meditation?
Meditation is a mindfulness technique that requires you to be in a still, contemplative and listening state as you focus on an object, sound, word or thought. Sleep meditation simply means your meditation takes place just before falling asleep to produce a state of complete relaxation.
Guided sleep meditation for kids is specifically designed to lead kids into a more relaxed state before drifting off. These meditation narratives can be imaginative stories or descriptions of peaceful places to induce calm breaths or a series of calming but random sentences to help relax their body and mind.
The result? Allowing them to let go of worry, stress and tension, before dozing off into a full night of restful z’s.
What are the benefits of guided meditation for kids?
In today’s fast-paced, always-on-the-go world, we can only imagine how our kids handle it all. Teaching them to slow down, breathe deeply, clear their minds and practise mindfulness is incredibly beneficial in helping them manage stress and anxiety.
Take a look at how guided sleep meditation can improve not only their sleep but their overall wellbeing too.
- They learn how to regulate their emotions. Learning how to breathe mindfully and slow their heart rate has said to help kids “re-centre” and make sense of overwhelming emotions that may arise before bed. This is especially helpful for kids who have ADD.
- Limits screentime. Listening to meditation before bed is an opportunity for your child to unplug. Just like the age-old bedtime story, it allows your child to focus on sleep rather than on what’s happening in the cyber world.
- Helps with overall sleep quality. Practising meditation before bed can help strengthen their immune system and lower stress, to allow for deeper sleep as their body can cycle through the restorative sleep stages undisturbed. Not only does this limit sleep interruptions but can also prevent insomnia and sleep problems from developing.
How to help your kids meditate
Are you ready to add guided sleep meditation to your child’s nighttime routine? Follow these easy steps at bedtime:
- Discuss any thoughts that may be floating around in their heads. This allows them to get rid of any anxiety that might be causing them to stay awake.
- Let them take a moment to lie still, focusing on their breath (you can do this with them). The aim is to allow them to feel completely relaxed.
- Switch on the guided meditation and let them focus on the words or sounds. Offer reassuring gestures along the way to help them feel safe and soothed until they fall asleep.
Even if your child doesn’t fall asleep immediately, they will most likely find it easier to drop off after unwinding with you by their side and the sounds of guided sleep meditation. (Just be prepared that you may nod off yourself!).
Other ways to improve your child’s sleep
Practising a consistent, calming bedtime routine is the best way to ensure your children pick up good sleep habits. Including natural sleep remedies with a guided sleep meditation can really assist in winding them down for the night.
We know that there’s no one-size-fits-all sleep remedy for kids’ bedtime routines, but by doing the best you can and giving them the tools for better, more restful sleep, you’re investing in their future health and wellbeing.