Back to school: Seven tips for getting your children on a sleep routine
With back to school looming, now is the time to start thinking about getting your children back on a routine when it comes to getting to bed at a decent hour. Now’s the time to start implementing a sleep routine that will help ensure your kids get the sleep they need each night.
Top tips for getting into a back-to-school sleep schedule:
- Get the kids involved when it comes to setting up a bed time. Make the process gradual rather than immediate, so kids have time to adjust.
- Set a goal to have your children back on a school sleep routine one to two weeks prior to the first day of school.
- Move bedtimes up by 15 minutes each night until you’ve hit the target time for bed.
- Turn off the television and other distracting electronics such as video games and iPods about an hour before bedtime. This will help your child wind down for the night.
- Set a good example for your children by getting enough sleep yourself. Your kids need between nine and 10 hours a night and adults need seven to eight hours.
- Make sure your kids are getting the proper amount of exercise each day. Exercise can help your body increase the deep sleep it needs each night.
- If your child cannot sleep in total silence, invest in a white noise machine or turn on a fan.
- Be consistent; don’t confuse your child’s sleep pattern by changing the bedtime on weekends. Keep the same sleep time all week long.
Helping your child get into a good sleep routine will benefit their academic performance and help them become more engaged in activities in and outside of school.
For more information contact Lauri Leadley at 480-830-3900 or visit http://www.valleysleepcenter.com