Trouble Getting The Kids To Sleep?

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You’ve finally managed to calm the kids down enough to settle into bed only to have them reappear 10 minutes later … and this keeps happening on autorepeat! Jane Cronin, naturopath for Clinicians, offers some hacks to help make bedtime sleep time.

As adults we struggle to understand why our children don’t seem to want to sleep when, for most of us, it’s such a tempting prospect. Sugary snacks after dinner time will increase energy and brain activity and are best avoided and for your older children, caffeine and energy drinks need to be off the late afternoon and evening menu.

So other than avoiding these things, what can you offer your children to help them enjoy a calm evening followed by a sound sleep?

Sleep nutrients


Tryptophan is an amino acid that, amongst other things, is used to make melatonin, a natural hormone that helps us get to sleep and stay asleep. Good sources include milk (both dairy and plant milks), bananas, turkey, chicken, tuna and nuts.


No doubt you know about how important calcium is for healthy bones and teeth but it is also important for the complete sleep cycle. Young bodies might use all the available calcium for growing, and not leave any for when they’re trying to fall asleep and stay asleep. Increase foods rich in calcium such as green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, figs, dairy, fish, spirulina in smoothies, soy products and eggs. For times of rapid growth consider Clinicians Kids BoneCare. This contains a highly bioavailable calcium from mineralised seaweed, plus magnesium, vitamin D and other nutrients essential to support healthy bone growth.


Not only is magnesium needed for muscle relaxation and deep sleep, but it’s also needed to build bones. Magnesium is one of the nutrients lost when we’re stressed, so we need to keep it topped up. Signs that you need a magnesium top-up include twitchy legs, cramping and light sleep or waking in the night.

Magnesium-rich foods are often the same as high calcium foods, as they work together in the body and are found together in nature. Also add in avocado, meat, dark chocolate and kiwifruit.

B Vitamins

Children are always on the go and B vitamins are needed by the body to create energy. They are also used to support the nervous system, so if you have jumpy, anxious kids their B vitamins might need a top-up.  Another sign of B vitamin deficiency can be cracks in the corners of the mouth. Vitamin B12 is particularly important for children on a plant-based diet.

Top of the B vitamin-rich foods are whole grains, dried fruit (apricots, dates and figs), nuts and legumes (pulses, tempeh, beans), fruit and vegetables like asparagus, broccoli, spinach, bananas, and potatoes.

For an overall top-up of essential vitamins and minerals, check out Clinicians Multivitamin & Mineral Boost powder. It’s suitable for all the family, including children one-year-old and over. It contains 32 essential vitamins and minerals and makes a tasty orange-flavoured drink.

A calming, natural solution

Kids Peaceful Dreams

If you’re looking for a natural solution to calm down kids when they get over tired or they’re having trouble dropping off due to school worries, take a look at Clinicians Kids Peaceful Dream. This easy-to-take liquid supplement has a delicious apple flavour that kids will love. It is naturally sweetened with agave, a non-tooth decaying syrup and is suitable for children 3 years and over.

Kids Peaceful Dreams combines the botanical extracts lemon balm and linden, two gentle herbs that have been shown to support calm and relaxation – great for when you are trying to settle kids at night. It also contains L-tryptophan and Vitamin B6, nutrients needed to make melatonin, our natural hormone that supports healthy sleep cycles. It also contains magnesium which helps physical relaxation and mental calm.

Use Kids Peaceful Dreams for getting kids to sleep and also for those children who are talking in the night or who are troubled with bad dreams.

Clinicians Kids products are trusted, high-quality, and research-based supplements for healthy growing little people.

The new Clinicians Kids range is available in-store and online exclusively at Pharmacies and Health Stores including:

Dietary supplements are not a replacement for a balanced diet. Always read the label. Use as directed. Do not exceed the recommended daily dose. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional. Douglas Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Auckland.

This article was written by Jane Cronin, Naturopath for Clinicians (with editing by Kidspot).

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