Nature has a way of telling us that we need more rest with the longer nights & short days of later fall and winter. Even if we don’t hibernate like a bear our body’s metabolism slows down, encouraging rest. So getting your children to bed early is fall and winter keeps them from becoming run down and at risk of colds and the flu. Most parents can trace their child’s illness to exhaustion with the many demands of school, after-school activities and social pressures. Children don’t have the resiliency to maintain their reserves in situations like this.
So it is very important to keep your child properly rested with younger children in bed by eight o’clock. In the summer time when the days are longer the sleep schedule can be more flexible. The best way to protect your child from a cold or flu is having sufficient rest. Of course going to bed late and sleeping late doesn’t provide the same benefits as going to bed early.
If you are a mother, you easily know that a child without routine is a confused child. Here is what Ayurveda explains about sleep and daily rhythms.
We have daily cycles of doshas ( body types of Vatta Pitta and Kapha) which happen twice a day. The first cycle begins when the sun rises:
5 a.m. to 10 a.m. – Kapha time
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Pitta time
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Vatta time
When the sun sets the second cycle begins:
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Kapha time
10 p.m. to 2 a.m. – Pitta time
2 a.m. to 6 a.m. – Vata time
Your child will have a sound, restful sleep when going to bed during Kapha time (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.). The hours between ten at night until two in the morning are the hours of metabolic cleansing and renewal in the body so sleeping at this time brings the most rest to the whole body. If your child goes to bed late this renewal is affected and your child will not receive the same benefits
And remember the longer you or your child lie in bed in the morning the sleepier, duller and more lethargic you will feel.
Sweet winter dreams and remember the bear deep in slumber when you prepare for bed.