Are you having trouble making your cute little kiddos sleep each night?
I know, right? But I just discovered this trick that works for my children and I am sharing this to you because maybe this can be of use to you as well.
After they pray their bedtime prayers, I take the time to massage each of my children. Oh, and they love the massage. They are actually looking forward to it each night without knowing that it can make them fall asleep faster! Well I don’t actually know if they know or don’t know. I just guess they don’t.
I figured it out that sometimes my kids are staying up until 12 midnight wide awake not because they are not sleepy and they have all the energy in the world to use but actually because they are super-duper tired that they can’t put themselves to sleep.
As they are growing up, they are exposed to a more stressful environment that can come from sibling quarrels, school activities , playtime with friends,etc. Stress can cause hormonal imbalance and immune system imbalance. Massage is actually a stress buster for them. It can reduce their stress level and help them to sleep better. It is also a form of touch therapy and it promotes our bonding time together. I also address some of the illnesses of my kids through massage therapy such as colic problems, cough and colds. Their pedia is also encouraging me to constantly massage my kids from the time they were still infants up to now.
To have a good sleep of at least 10 hours is very important to a growing child. Sleep support their rapid physical and mental growth.
I always tell my kids to go to sleep before 9 PM so that they will grow bigger each day. My daughter, Ate Belle who is 4 years old, would asked me;”Mama, I will sleep… I will have big dede just like ,Mama?” And I will say, ” Yes, of course, Ate Belle. Just like Mama!” Often times their ways of correlating things are so funny and out of the box. Hahaha!
How I Massage Them to Make Them Sleep
I use Baby Rub or Sunflower Oil for their massage. I massage the following areas for better sleep and blood circulation.
- Back – I just read it from Modern Reflexology that: ” GB20 or Gall Bladder 20 is one of the most significant acupressure points for kids that help in enhancing the release of endorphins that promote restful sleep. This point is also known as the Wind Pool, and it is located on the ridge of the occipital bone, midway between the ear and the spine, between the two joining muscles. This point is also useful for treating fevers, stiff neck, vertigo, headaches, eye problems, shoulder and upper-back pain. “
2. Foot – The foot is divided into different zones. By applying pressure to these points I can provide relief and comfort to my kids while bonding with them.
I am also massaging this point on the foot. ” LV 3 or Liver 3 is one of the vital acupressure points for hypertension treatment. Hypertension is closely connected to blockages in the liver meridian and stimulating this point helps in clearing the liver meridian. This point is also called the Bigger Rushing, and it is situated on the top of the foot, on the web margin of skin between the big toe and the second toe. ” – Modern Reflexology-
3. Hands – The hand is also divided into different zones. I also massage all the different zones for several minutes. Below is the chart of Hand Acupressure Points retrieved from letterformatmail.com.
If my babies are suffering from pain during teething, I massage their wrists .”TW5 or the Outer Gate acupressure point is a functional pressure point for both kids and adults. This point is located on both arms, on the outer side of the forearm, three fingers above the wrist crease. It soothes and diminishes gum pain in babies during teething. It is also useful for boosting the immune system and a local point for relieving wrist pain as well as shoulder pain.” – Modern Reflexology –
4. Head – I gently stoke the point between their eyebrows to induce sleep.
That’s it! It’s time for bed!
I hope you enjoyed reading my post today. If you have questions and suggestions, don’t forget to leave me a comment below.
Thank you very much!