Sleep makes the world go ’round, my friends. Without it, we have trouble focusing, are cranky, irritable and more likely to get sick. Lack of sleep makes it hard for brains and bodies to grow.
Children need 10-11 hours of sleep every night. If you wake up at 7:30, the wind-down should start around 8:30. Building a bedtime routine makes your life easier and will help your child get a good night’s sleep.
- turn off screens 30 minutes before lights-out – the glow from TVs, phones, tablets and computers excites the brain and makes it harder to sleep
- eat a small snack
- clean and change into comfortable sleep clothes
- read, tell stories, sing or talk together
- make sure the sleeping area is quiet and a comfortable temperature
- put your child to bed and say goodnight
Want to learn more about sleep and children? Visit www.sleepforkids.org with your child for information, games and more.
Take care of yourself, too – try to get 8 hours of good sleep – turn the phone off or leave it in another room!