Use a white noise machine or app. With the potential for noise in an RV resort, having white noise can be crucial for sleep. It’s not just good for drowning out unfamiliar sounds, white noise actually functions to keep the brain in deep sleep for longer. When we are in deep sleep, all of our brain’s receptors are essentially “plugged-in” and unable to receive outside stimuli. But as the brain moves into lighter stages of sleep, some of the receptors “unplug” and begin taking in sounds, which in turn stimulates the brain into greater activity.
The best antidote are white noise sounds. Unlike rainstorm or ocean sounds, white noise is random sound without patterns or loops that stimulate your brain’s attention. As the brain starts to rouse in the morning, the white noise muffles distractions, allowing you to sleep until you’re naturally ready to wake. We use the LectroFan Kinder in our RV and at home, a Bluetooth-capable white noise machine that plugs right into a standard outlet. In a pinch, however, there are lots of white noise apps you can download on your phones or tablets for free.
Keep a nighttime routine. A simple ritual you can replicate every night is an easy way to signal to your child’s brain that it’s time to wind down. We like to prepare a bedtime snack of healthy foods, as processed sugars can trigger excess energy in little ones. I like to take something easy and dress it up a little so that it still feels like dessert. Then we read a book and have some snuggles before bed. Our routine begins about an hour before bedtime, giving our girls plenty of time to adjust. Your routine doesn’t need to be intricate, just keep it simple and consistent.