Calm Kids has a series of relaxing bedtime stories for kids to help them get to sleep at night.
Do you ever struggle to get your kids to calm down before bedtime?
American Family Physician states that up to a staggering 50% of children face difficulties getting to sleep at night, and that 10% to 30% of kids suffer from behavioural insomnia, which Alaska Sleep describes as being “characterised by children having difficulty falling asleep or maintaining sleep leading to poor sleep quality and duration.”
Sleep is incredibly important for kids’ health. Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital says that “Sleep is an essential part of everyone’s …. [Research reveals that] kids who regularly get an adequate amount of sleep have improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, and overall mental and physical health. [Inadequate sleep, on the other hand], can lead to high blood pressure, obesity and even depression.”
As mindful parents it is essential that we give our children the hep they need to be able to sleep properly at night.
Another great strategy, and indeed the oldest trick in the book (literally), is to read kids relaxing bedtim stories. Studies show that reading together is an important time of shared emotions and shared attention between parents and kids.
But what happens when you combine both mindfulness and relaxing bedtime stories. That’s what The Calm Collective has just done with their new video series.
How Calm Kids Bedtime Stories Helps
I recently came across a Youtube channel called the Calm Collective, which I wanted to share with you guys. This channel has lots of great stories for bedtime. Part of their collection is Calm Kids Bedtime Stories, which are precisely what you would think: relaxing stories to help kids get to sleep at night.
The Calm Kids Bedtime Stories are created by mother and musician Lotte Mullan. Sher created them as a way to “disguise mindfulness” for kids when trying to get her three-year-old to sleep. There are six mindfulness stories that can help to relax your kids’ minds so they can doze off and catch those Zzzz’s.
Speaking to Irish News, Mullan said, “Calm Kids came about as a means to calm my feral toddler so he’d get to sleep.” Like many parents with a similar struggle, Mullan says that she “tried more traditional mindful exercises, but as a wild three-year-old he couldn’t have been less interested in sitting still and concentrating on breathing in and out.” Mullan says that it was important to add some humour to things to entertain her three-year-old while also introducing mindfulness.
She created vibrant characters that capture children’s imaginations so that they are more engaged with the stories. This let her introduce mindfulness while also keep her child entertained. The result is that her kid now gets a solid night’s sleep every night.
One of Calm Kids’ Bedtime Stories on Youtube
Calm Kids Bedtime Stories are available for streaming on various platforms and also on Youtube. Mullan readers the stories herself and also has some famous celebrities read them too, including singer and songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Bella Ramsey [Game of Thrones].
Mullan wanted to make sure that the mindfulness element of the stories was done correctly. So she worked with neurolinguistic psychotherapist Martin Weaver. She also released an album full of relaxing meditation music.
The kids are asleep, at last!
If you’ve been struggling to get your kids to sleep at night, the Calm Kids Bedtime Stories collection can definitely help. Another strategy is to teach your kids relaxing mantras, which can help to focus their minds before bedtime. You can get the Calm Collective album on Amazon.
What do you think about Calm Kids Bedtime stories, and are they helping your kids get to sleep? Leave a comment and remember to subscribe .