A new campaign aimed at improving bed time routines for children by getting them to read a book before going to bed has been launched in Cumbria.
A booklet called 'Bath, Book, Bed' will be available for free to parents and carers and can be collected at libraries across the county.
The booklets includes advice on creating a regular nightly routine, which are associated with improving sleep in young children. Other benefits include:
shorter amount of time in bed before falling asleep
longer sleep duration
Regular language-based bedtime routines are associated with children’s increased sleep duration and improved cognitive skills. This includes:
Reading to children at night can encourage their imagination, creativity and confidence.
The booklet is also available for download from the charity BookTrust's website, which also features a 'Best Bedtime Books' list.