Turn gadgets off 1 hour before sleep

Parents may think they are spending quality time with their kids by watching TV together, but that may affect the quality of their child's sleep.

Dr Michael Lim, a children sleep expert, does not recommend that children watch TV or use their phones an hour before bedtime.

"Children should be gradually getting into a relaxed and less excited state before sleeping," said Dr Lim.

He also encouraged parents to let their children sleep by themselves instead of sharing their bed.

"Independent sleeping will teach the child to soothe himself if he wakes up in the middle of the night.

"The child also becomes less reliant on having someone there to fall asleep."

Dr Lim urged parents to let their child sleep at the same time every day, even on weekends.

"Many people think that they can make up for their sleep debt by sleeping more on weekends, but that only disrupts the sleep cycle and creates a jet-lag effect."