The amount of sleep your child gets can affect his mood, health, and abilities in school.
As those early alarms starting ringing, your children may be getting up before their bodies have experienced all the rest they need. Enforcing early bedtimes is the best way to ensure your kids will be alert and healthy during the school day, but this can be trickier than it seems. Here are five tips that can help you out.
- Create a bedtime routine. Springing bedtime on a wide-eyed child rarely goes well. Help him know what to expect by creating a wind-down process that occurs every night in the same way. He’ll understand what’s expected of him, and he’ll have space to mentally prepare himself for bedtime.
- Don’t get off track on the weekends. This is a tough one, but it’s essential if you want your children to comfortably adapt to a certain bedtime and wake time. With few exceptions, try to stick to a similar sleep schedule, even when you don’t have to.
- Make sure your kids are staying active during the day. A sedentary lifestyle will not tire out a child by bedtime. Encourage him to play outside whenever possible, and he’ll be exhausted by the time the sun sets.
- Help your children learn how to manage stress. As your children reach middle school and high school, the pressures of their academic and social life could keep them up at night. Stress management techniques can cut back on potential struggles with insomnia.
- Avoids foods and drinks with caffeine. Children have no need for stimulants. Limit the caffeinated sodas, chocolates, and teas that they consume – especially near the end of the day.
If you child struggles to fall asleep at night or stay awake during the day, he may be suffering from a sleeping disorder. Find answers when you turn to our Sleep Diagnostic Institute. To set up an appointment or get more information, give us a call at 972-420-7400.