As parents, one of the most challenging aspects of child-rearing can be ensuring that our kids get a good night's sleep. A consistent, healthy sleep pattern is fundamental for a child's overall growth, development, and daily energy.* One increasingly used to support children's sleep is Melatonin,* available in kid-friendly formats like gummies.
First, let's ask ourselves two simple questions.
How Can I Tell if My Child Is Not Getting Enough Sleep at Night?*
Signs to look out for include1:
- Challenges in waking up in the morning
- Waking up during the night
- Frequent naps during the day
How much sleep kids need each day varies by age. While every child is different, experts recommend2:
- infants (0–3 months): 14–17 hours, including naps
- infants (4–12 months): 12–16 hours, including naps
- toddlers (1–2 years): 11–14 hours, including naps
- preschool (3–5 years): 10–13 hours, including naps
- school-age (6–13 years): 9–12 hours
- teens (14–17 years): 8–10 hours
Melatonin and Its Role in Sleep*
Melatonin, often called the "sleep hormone," is naturally produced by our bodies in response to darkness.* It is a crucial part of our internal biological clock, also known as the circadian rhythm, which regulates the sleep-wake cycles.3
In simple terms, as night falls, our bodies produce and release more melatonin, preparing us for sleep. Conversely, melatonin levels drop as daylight breaks, helping us wake up.3
How Melatonin Supports Sleep*
While adults can often manage their sleep patterns, children, especially those aged 3+, may have a harder time establishing a regular sleep schedule.* Factors such as irregular bedtimes, electronic device usage, and certain foods and drinks may interfere with their natural sleep-wake cycles.* Supplementing with melatonin is a possible short-term strategy for helping kids achieve sleep.*
In addition to a melatonin gummy for kids, here are some things to try:
- Exercise - Ensure your little one gets enough exercise during the day; it helps them be more tired at bedtime.4
- Implement a calming bedtime routine - Think about bathing, reading, and generally being quieter; this could help your child feel a sense of calm as bedtime approaches.4
- No more screen time - At least 2 hours before bedtime, enforce a no-screen-time rule. The blue light emitted by screens can wake the brain - the opposite of what we want to achieve!4
Of course, it's always important to remember that melatonin supplements are not a permanent solution and should be used for short-term use only under the guidance of your child’s pediatrician.* It’s really important to build healthy sleep habits which include regular bedtimes, limiting electronic devices before bed, and creating a peaceful sleep environment.*
Why Choose Kids' Sleep Melatonin Gummies by Viva Naturals
While good sleep habits are the foundation for quality rest, sometimes our little ones need that extra nudge toward dreamland.*
Help promote peaceful sleep for children who may experience occasional sleeplessness.*
Each Melatonin gummy for Kids has 1 mg of melatonin. We have now added 25 mg of a SootheEZ blend that includes L-theanine and relaxing herbal extracts like chamomile, lavender, and lemon balm. We have also added 2 mg of vitamin B6 as it helps the body to produce melatonin.*
Our Raspberry Tropical Punch flavored gummies pack a punch. Not only are they great tasting, but they are easy to chew, won't leave behind a sticky residue and are now sugar-free as well.
The gummies are suggested for children 3+ and for short-term use only. It’s suggested to give your child 1 gummy 30 minutes before bedtime under adult supervision. Ensure that they chew the gummy thoroughly before swallowing. Be sure to consult your child’s healthcare practitioner prior to use.
Your kids will be excited about their bedtime routine, and you'll sleep easy knowing they're getting some much-needed rest.* And let's be honest – a good night's sleep for them means a good night's sleep for you, too!
- Cleveland Clinic. (September 2022). Signs Your Child Is Exhausted: Spotting Sleepiness, From Babies to Teens. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/signs-of-exhaustion-in-children/ (Accessed: 19 July 2023)
- KidsHealth. (January 2021). Kids and Sleep. https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/sleep.html#:~:text=toddlers%20(1%E2%80%932%20years)%3A,years) (Accessed: 13 July 2023).
- Cleveland Clinic. (July 2022). Melatonin. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/23411-melatonin (Accessed: 13 July 2023).
- Harvard Health Publishing. (October 2022). New Advice on Melatonin Use in Children. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/new-advice-on-melatonin-use-in-children-202210062832 (Accessed: 13 July 2023).