[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/1″][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”17797″][text_output]Putting children to bed can be the challenging time for any parent. Every family is different—some cherish complete silence at a child’s bedtime, while others enjoy singing, storytelling, or playing meditation music for children. Various arguments can certainly be made for the many methods of soothing an infant or child to sleep, but here are some of the benefits of playing meditation music for infants and children before bed.

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Coach Hanson’s Ritual

After a few years testing different methods on my little guinea pigs (laughs), I have found what works for Harley and Zandar (at 6 and 8 years old). This is our specific ritual.

Bed time.  15-20 minutes reading time together or I’d read with one child while the other has the freedom to join in (for snuggles) or have their own reading time.

Pillow Talk. a few minutes where I either massage their back, legs or simply give them “scratches” on their back while we chat.

Music Time. I will either play guitar, sing a lullaby for them or turn on the meditation music. We all take three long breaths with simple affirmations and gratitude. First breath for myself and say something positive like “I am a very happy and healthy person” or “I am a great friends who shares and cares about my friends” etc etc. Second breath is for our Parents and Siblings and finally the last breath for our greater circle of friends, family and our universe………

I then say “good night boys, have a wonderful sleep – daddy loves you both SO much…. good night.” and i leave their room so they can enjoy the last few moments of peace and personal time to drift off to sleep.

Following are some of the proven benefits of playing music for children while they go to sleep. What methods have worked for you? Share your supper parenting techniques for everyone to benefit and become even better Parents ;)[/text_output][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row no_margin=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none” inner_container=”true”][vc_column width=”1/1″][text_output]

What The Experts Say

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Pain Reduction

In an experiment by Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, researchers played lullabies and children’s songs for 37 children who were patients at the hospital. The children’s heart rates and reported levels of pain were measured during meditation music therapy, and they were compared to measurements taken when the children were read to or left alone. Researchers found that the measurements fell only during the meditation music therapy. Professor Tim Griffiths, a neurologist, uses MRI scanners to look deep into the brain. “There’s a more ancient part of the brain in the limbic system, which is responsible for the emotional responses to meditation music. What I think is happening here is that the emotional part of the brain is being stimulated by the meditation music, more so than the reading stimulus, and this is decreasing the arousal level and that in turn is affecting the pain response levels,” said Griffiths.[/text_output][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][text_output]

Boost Brain Development

A Northwestern University study notes that the brain of a person who is sleeping soundly still listens and learns. The National Association for the Education of Young Children recommends meditation music experiences in early childhood because “through meditation music, babies and toddlers can come to better understand themselves and their feelings, learn to decipher patterns and solve problems, and discover the world around them in rich, complex ways. Most important, sharing meditation music experiences with the people they love makes very young children feel cherished and important.”[/text_output][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][text_output]

Sleep Quality

A study on the effects of background meditation music and sleep quality found that children who listen to background meditation music at naptime and bedtime had improved sleep quality.  Another study concluded that “relaxing classical meditation music is an effective intervention in reducing sleeping problems. Nurses could use this safe, cheap and easy to learn the method to treat insomnia.”[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row]