Last night my son came downstairs announcing he couldn't get to sleep. and that he was going into the other room to do some yoga and sit ups.
He often finds it quite a challenge to switch off at night, no amount of quiet bedtime routine, computer down time, soothing aromatherapy baths, reading or drawing help, cuddling up to him often triggers lengthy discussions about the theory of evolution, the elements of the periodic table and the history of the world.
Whilst we do yoga together it is when he is in the mood, I don't force it on him/them so it was great to see him leading this decision and he did go straight up to bed and sleep after.
It's prompted me to look into bedtime yoga poses - calming ones such as gentle twists, inversions, forward bends and restorative poses feature highly. Incorporating these poses into a shared made up story would be creative and 'connecting'. However even just one simple pose and some relaxing breaths can be enough of a bridge to sleep. There are some ideas below.
Model also staying calm and breathing in and out through your nose, if you gently exhale longer than you inhale then this induces a relaxed state, so do a breathe that suits you both. You could try staying in a pose and breathing in for a count of 3 and gently out for 6 a few times.
Saying affirmations may also bring some bedtime calm, for example -
I am calm
I sleep soundly
I am balanced
I am peaceful etc
If you or your children have any other bedtime ideas to share, please do send them to me and I'll add them to the blog or slide show below - firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below. Thanks x