Updated: Jan 25
Sleep is important.
Even more in kids and teens who need rest to help them concentrate, learn and enjoy themselves.
Holidays can break kids out of any sleeping habits they have during the school term, usually in unhelpful ways. As such these bad habits like staying up too late, or sleeping in too long, need to be broken before going back to school.
Thankfully, SleepFoundation.org has put together these seven tips to help parents get their kids ready to go back to school.
1. Gradually Adjust their Sleep Schedule
One to two weeks before the start of school, begin to slowly change sleep and wake times to adjust the child’s biological clock.
2. Keep a Regular Bedtime (even on weekends)
This makes sure your child is getting enough sleep.
3. Have a Bedtime Routine
Obviously this will differ between a 5 year old and a 15 year old, but an age-appropriate bedtime ritual will help them wind down the same way every night.
4. A Good Sleep Environment
Make sure they are sleeping in a place that is cool, quiet, dark, and comfortable.
5. No Electronics in the Bedroom
Phones, TV and Video games in the bedroom are very unhelpful for sleep, especially if being used in the hour before bed.
6. Limit Caffeine
Especially in the afternoon
7. Diet and Exercise
Make sure your child is active and eating well. This really helps with getting good sleep.
We hope this list is helpful for getting your kids ready to go back and make the most of school.
And as always, if you, or someone you know, is having trouble sleeping, then please talk to your GP, and get in touch with us to find out how we may be able to help.
Sleep Well - Live Well
This blog post is from Keystone Medical Media, a sub-entity of Keystone Content.