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NPFG / Contact-a-Family Sleep Workshop

NPFG / Contact-a-Family Sleep Workshop

What:   Sleep Workshop
When:  Thursday, 20th October 2016 10:00h - 14:00h
Where: The Bee Hive, Harborough Road, Kingsthorpe, Northamptonshire, NN2 8LR

Event Report now availaible.. 

NPFG / Contact-a-Family Sleep Workshop

Sleepy Foods Tips

What your child eats during the day impacts on their sleep during the night.  Avoid sugary snacks and anything containing caffeine. Below is a list of foods that may aid sleep:

Almonds contain magnesium promotes both sleep and muscle relaxation. They also help to keep blood sugar levels stable overnight.

Bananas are an excellent source of magnesium and potassium. They also contain tryptophan an amino acid that helps us to sleep but don’t forget fruit contains sugar too. Blend one banana with one cup of milk or soya milk to make an ideal bedtime drink.

Dairy, yogurt, milk and cheese contain tryptophan helping us to nod off more easily. Calcium is effective in stress reduction and it’s not true . . cheese doesn’t give you nightmares!

Oatmeal makes an excellent suppertime choice, it’s cheap and easy to prepare and has sleep inducing qualities. It's rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon and potassium, all of which can help to promote better sleep. You could even add some banana on top.

Cherries particularly tart cherries have been found to naturally boost melatonin production. Drinking a glass of cherry juice (available at most natural foods stores) has been proven to aid sleep. Alternatively try a serving of fresh, frozen or dried cherries before bedtime.

Cereal not only is it a healthy snack, but it may also help you snooze. Complex carbohydrate-rich foods increase the availability of tryptophan in the bloodstream. Avoid sugar-coated cereals though, these will give your child a sugar rush and wake them up!

Event Details
Are you a parent / carer of a child with SEND who finds sleeping difficult?

If you would like to learn techniques, which may assist your child getting a restful night then this workshop may be for you.

NPFG has teamed up with Contact a Family to run a series of workshops.
This second workshop will cover:
  • Basic sleep hygiene
  • Understanding sleep patterns
  • Hints and tips for general sleep issues
  • Further help and support
The format will be a relaxed and interactive session, giving you the opportunity to meet with other families in similar situations as well as giving you some tips to take away. The workshop facilitator is Emma Weatherdon, Parent Adviser in the Midlands for Contact a Family.

For more information visit: Contact-a-Family website

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