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My kids went back to school this week. It’s been a transition for them as well as me. Sometimes in life you have to remember that a schedule is the best when it’s followed properly to ensure adequate sleep. Sleep is so important. Because of that I thought I’d share my 7 tips to ensure your kids get a restful nights sleep so they’re prepared for school.
7 Tips to Ensure your kids get a restful nights sleep
Start their schedule the week before
When you have kids you know the week they start back to school is rough. However if you start the week before and get them into their routine so they go to bed on time and get up at the same time they need to for school. We have done this for years. It’s very helpful to go ahead and set them up the week before. This way they’re not as cranky and tired the week of school!
No electronics at night
We also do things like take away their electronics after dinner. This way they are keeping close connections with their family. Spending time with family is more relaxing then having them on their electronics. It also gives their brain a time to quiet down.
Keep a set routine.
We do this by having them do the same thing every night. Such as take a shower., hen brush your teeth and then we have story time. When they know what to expect the night time routine goes so much nicer.
Give them choices
Let your child have a say in what they wear to bed. Let them choose between 2 pajama sets to get them in the bed faster. This way they’re happy with what they are sleeping in.
Allow your child to choose their pillow and blanket. Maybe do this ahead of time so we’re not doing it at the last minute. Then when it’s time to hit the hay they go on to their bed in the pj’s they picked out with their favorite blanket.
Keep lights low
Always keep the lights low. When my kids were smaller we had dimmers on the lights. Then we moved them to nightlights and then to no lights at all. It’s all a process to get them sleeping well and without any problems.
I always try to get them to do as much as they can the night before school. So if they can pack their lunch them let them pack it right after dinner and before bath. Then have them pick out their clothes for the next day as well. This way they can maybe sleep in a bit later when it’s time to rise for school. More sleep for kids is always good.
You may be wondering why a set bedtime and good rest is important for children. I’ve got answers for you. What is the importance of sleep on children’s learning “Sleep directly affects a child’s cognitive development. The human brain is a work in progress through age 21. Children of all ages should be given every opportunity to reach their full potential with sufficient sleep.” Terry Cralle, RN, MS, Certified Clinical Sleep Educator from the Better Sleep Council
Better sleep is always better for the child and their mom and dad. We love them always but when they are well rested and not cranky everyone is happy. What sleep tips do you do with your kids? What could I add? Leave me a comment! .
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