Sweet dreams, sleepyheads

It can be tricky to get your little ones off to sleep when they’re away from home and out of their everyday routine. Staying in a new environment is exciting and those inquisitive little minds don’t want to miss a thing! 

So we asked bedtime experts The Children’s Sleep Charity if they could share their top sleep tips with us to help your kids nod off in no time, wherever they are. As a charity that works extensively with families, they know the importance of a great night’s sleep in helping you get the most from your day.

Favourite teddy

In a new environment, kids want something familiar so take their favourite toy or blanket to help your child feel comfortable and at home.

Bedtime routine

Although you might not be able to do everything as you would at home, try to include an element of your routine, such as reading a bedtime story.

Colouring in

Fine motor skill activities help children relax before bed, so take advantage of the colouring packs in our restaurants to get a head-start on bedtime. 

No TV

Screens interfere with the production of melatonin, a hormone that makes us sleepy. It’s best to switch off the box an hour before bedtime to help little ones nod off.

Bath time

A lovely time to wind down, a warm bath 30 minutes before bedtime is proven to be really effective in getting your little ones off to sleep.

Repetition is key

Staying away from home can be hugely exciting for little ones.  You need to clearly signal to them that it is sleep time.  Try a calming phrase like ‘It’s night time, go to sleep’ and keep repeating it.

Dim the lights

Switch off some lights and make use of Premier Inn’s blackout curtains to help with that all-important melatonin production.

Meal times

Plan your dinner time so that you don’t eat too early that your child is hungry by bedtime or too late that they’re uncomfortably full. 

Avoid stimulants

Caffeine and sugar play havoc with bedtime so try to steer little ones away from sugar loaded desserts and cola and opt for fruit and water in the evening instead.