Bedtime can become a battle when little bodies don’t abide by the clock.
7 Tips to Get Your Kids to Sleep
- Set a personal time.
School-age children need between 9 and 11 hours of sleep each night, but there’s a lot of variability in sleep needs and patterns. Most kids have patterns that don’t change much, no matter what you do. An early riser will still get up early even if you put them to bed later, and a night owl won’t usually fall asleep until their body is ready.
2. Set a wake-up time
If you know how much sleep your child needs and what time they go to bed, it’s simple math to set a daily wake-up time. Allowing your child to sleep a little later on weekends and holidays is generous, but it can set you up for a long, sleepless night.
3. consistent bedtime routine
Routines are especially important for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Doing specific things before bed, such as a bath or story time, signal to your child what’s coming next. Knowing what comes next is comforting and relaxing, setting the perfect bedtime atmosphere.
4. no TV at least 2 hr. before bed time
Just a half an hour of TV or other screen time before bed can disrupt that enough to keep your child up an extra two hours. Make the bedroom a screen-free zone or at least make sure all screens are completely dark from bedtime on.
5. avoid stress before bed time
Keep before bedtime activities calm, the lights dim, and the environment quiet. This can help avoid excess amounts of cortisol in your child’s system.
6. create the right environment
Soft sheets, room-darkening shades, and relative quiet can help your child differentiate between day and night, making it easier to fall asleep.
7. keep the room cool
Don’t bundle your child up too much or set the heat too high; typical room temperature or a little cooler is better to promote deep sleep.
A good night’s sleep is incredibly important for your kids health. In fact, it’s just as important as eating healthy and exercising.
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