How to Help Your Child Sleep This Christmas Eve

First added 15th December 2021

By Elisha Sketchley

4 min read

The run-up to Christmas is a hectic time, with Christmas Eve being the most excitable evening and naturally, the hardest time to fall asleep for children. Here, we have put together a list of activities that could help your little one fall fast asleep this Christmas Eve.


Go for a long walk

Exercise is great for getting a good night's sleep. Taking your children out for a Christmas Eve walk will exert a lot of built-up energy. If you live local to a park, let the kids have a good old run around! If the family enjoy the walk, it could be a nice tradition to take into the years to come. Becoming a time the children can get their energy out of their system while parents and grandparents can get some fresh air away from the chaos Christmas can bring.

Have a dance party

Dancing produces serotonin and serotonin is a chemical precursor to melatonin. Melatonin is known as the sleepy hormone, so the more of that the better. Dancing to some Christmas classics before settling down with a book or a film could be a lovely way of rounding off a cosy Christmas Eve.

Stick to a routine

Sticking to the power of a routine could be one of the best things to do for an easy bedtime. Life can get in the way, and especially at Christmas time, so don't feel any pressure to follow your bedtime routine by the minute. However, if your child is used to going to bed at 7:30 pm, keep it that way! You'll be able to fit in that last-minute wrapping Santa's elves didn't get round to.

Create a calm sleeping environment

Falling asleep has a lot to do with your surroundings. Here is a list of things to consider creating the perfect sleeping atmosphere:

  • Keep it cool – if a room is too hot, it will be much harder to drift off.
  • Reduce screen time in the run up to bedtime.
  • Turn lights off (depending on age, a night light will help!)
  • Comfort is key, check out our single bed and mattress sets to find the recipe for the perfect night's sleep.

Read a Christmas bedtime story

A study by Dr. David Lewis at the University of Sussex suggests that reading can reduce stress by 68%. This must be good for sleep! Reading a short Christmas bedtime story before bed could be the answer to a peaceful early night. If you're stuck for what books are best for the most festive period of the year, check out our 5 best bedtime Christmas stories to read.

Some tips and tricks…

  • Wake up early on Christmas Eve, this could help children stick to their bedtime routine.
  • Avoid sugary drinks and anything that could have caffeine in.
  • Set a countdown – When there is two hours until bedtime, make this clear and then say it again when there is one hour left. That way, there's no big shock when bedtime rears its head.
  • Practice breathing exercises. With all the excitement of Christmas Eve, this could be a much-needed activity for all ages!

Now the kids are asleep, see our best festive nightcaps to help you sleep.


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