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How can I make my son sleep early?

Q: My son is 4 years old and has a problem of sleeping late. He doesn't sleep even after we go to sleep. He just lies there looking at walls and thinking of something. He falls asleep only after 11.30 to 12.30 pm.. How can I make him sleep early?

A:Cut down some part of his afternoon nap and make sure he gets to bed early. Children of 4 should not be staying up with their parents, while they are watching TV or winding down after a days work. Make sure your child has suitable nutritious food. No Cola drinks should be given. His TV watching should be restricted. You must get him to a routine, where he eats early, changes and is ready for bed by 8.00 pm. Make the room dark, with just a small light and reduce noise levels. Well, you can begin to bring some acceptable pattern.

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