Back to School means Back to Sleep
Well, school might not be around the corner, but now is the time to think about a few things so that you and your kids will be ready and healthy for school when it happens.
That’s right, we said healthy. Sleep and health are intertwined, with a great deal of research telling us to get our kids (and ourselves) to sleep earlier. This generation is getting an hour less sleep a night than a generation ago. The National Sleep Foundation has linked sleep deprivation with obesity, decreased academic success, and increased accidents. Not to mention, it makes us and our kids grumpier and that is pressure that we just don’t need – especially because we can actively control this situation.
So – why is it so hard? We often hear:
“If I put my kids to bed when I should, I wouldn’t get a chance to see them because I leave before they wake up and get home right around dinner time.”
“My kids are like monkeys at bed time. I can’t get them to go to bed or stay there! It’s easier to just wait until we all are headed to bed.”
1.Decide on your priorities – if you still want to play with your kids, don’t change anything yet. What we know is that, when kids are up late, Mommy and Daddy don’t get the alone time that they really need. Decide on what is important for your family.
2.When you are ready, check out our sleep needs chart and determine when your child needs to be asleep so that she can get the sleep she needs and wake up for school.
3.Plan a bedtime routine (with your kids,) which will calm your kids and give them time to “Lie quietly, with their heads on the pillow and wait for sleep.”
4.Decide what you will say/do when kids try to avoid bed or get out of it. Stick to the script – consistency is the key.
5.Practice and review the plan and start it when it makes sense (not when you are camping or have visitors for a late night event).
Still wondering what to do? We have helped thousands of families and we will help you.
NOW is the time to start the planning so that you can gradually get your kids to bed when they are tired and ready for sleep to come. (If we keep them up past natural tiredness, adrenalin kicks in and then they really can’t go to sleep until it wears off.)
Get your kids ready for a healthy school year with a sleep routine that helps them and you!
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