It’s August and that means families all over the United States are preparing for back to school. The National Sleep Foundation has offered sleep tips to help make the transition from summer time sleep schedules to back to school sleep schedules easy for both kids and parents.
Here are a few of the tips from the National Sleep Foundation: a few weeks before school starts, start moving their bedtime 15 minutes earlier every other night until you reach their school bedtime. Also, make sure you wake your child up 15 minutes earlier every other day until you reach their back to school wake up time.
Be consistent with your routine. Be sure to stick with your new routine even on the weekends. Also, make sure your child has a good sleeping environment. A cool, dark and quiet room are best. Remember the best sleeping temperature is 68 to 72 degrees.
Make sure to limit the amount of caffeine your child has after lunchtime. Especially, if you have a young child. Also, studies show children and adults sleep better with no TV. The flicking light from the TV can disrupt good sleep.
- Sleep experts generally recommend at least 10 to 11 hours of sleep for kids ages 5 to 12 and even more for younger preschool-age children.
- Teens need about 9 1/4 hours of sleep each night to function best.