Kids Sleep for Back To School
The new school year always brings with it a return to schedules and routines. We expect a lot from our children, and the key to success for many of them often rests on a good night's sleep.
Sleep is necessary for a healthy functioning body
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine emphasizes the importance of quality sleep for children. All ages need adequate sleep to learn and to retain information, and sleep becomes even more important as our kids enter the pre-adolescent years.
How much sleep is enough?
You might be surprised at the amount of sleep a child needs to function properly at school. The recommended nightly hours are as follows:
- School-age and pre-teens: 10 to 11 hours
- Older teens: 9 hours
Youngsters with adequate sleep are more energetic and can react positively to stressful situations. Although we all agree that sleep is important, it’s frequently harder to create a new sleep schedule than one might think.
Try the gradual approach
The National Sleep Foundation recommends you start two weeks ahead of time to prepare your child for early mornings. Gradually push back the morning alarm in 15-minute increments until you reach the necessary arising time. Do the same with evening bedtime and keep the weekends on the same schedule so you don’t lose ground.
How to get your child to fall asleep and stay asleep
- Avoid electronic devices immediately before bedtime and turn off the TV when your child is trying to fall asleep.
- Establish a relaxing bedtime routine.
- Reduce their consumption of large meals or caffeine during the evening hours.
- Make sure their room is peaceful and dark and that they have a comfortable sleeping area.
Upgrade your mattresses
One way to start the school year off right is with a new mattress from Bedding Mart. We carry major brands in all the standard sizes along with adjustable power beds and memory-foam family beds. Give your family the gift of sleep by visiting your local store today to speak to a sales representative.
- Kevin Spencer