Blog Posts 1–5, based on the United States of America Department of the Army Field Manual: Holistic Healing and Fitness, describe what really matters for your child’s sleep. If sleep is an important enough topic for national defense than surely sleep should be considered a serious topic for parenting!
A 2022 review of 45 published peer-revied randomized clinical trials involving 13,539 children asked the question: What interventions work to help your child sleep longer at night. Every intervention regarding soothing strategies, bedtime routines, parent behaviors, physical exercise during the day for the child, and so forth was examined.
The answer: “Based on the best available evidence to date, earlier bedtimes offer a simple pragmatic strategy to meaningfully increase sleep duration.” The best interventions included earlier bedtimes and were associated with a 47-minute sleep extension compared with the remaining studies of only a 7-minute sleep extension.
Blog Post 74 explains how to move the bedtime earlier.