Sleep is important for adults and children. Not getting enough sleep at night can lead to inappropriate weight gain, and behavioral problems in childcare or school. Here are some tips to help your child get the sleep they need:
- Start a night time routine by putting aside 30 to 60 minutes before bedtime to help prepare your child for going to sleep. Try to finish hot baths and physical activity before this final hour, as having a cool, dark, and comfortable environment will help your child get a good night’s rest.
- Technology can get in the way of your child being able to fall asleep easily. TVs, tablets, and phones all emit a spectrum of blue light that interferes with melatonin – a chemical in our brain which helps support our natural sleep-wake cycle. Shutting off TV’s, tablets, and other electronics an hour before bedtime can help your child fall asleep more easily.
- Developing a regular bedtime and wake-up routine can also help your child sleep through the night. Having a consistent sleep schedule will help your child sleep better.
Click here to learn more about how sleep, health, and performance are related to each other. Please remember to consult with your child’s primary care provider if you have any concerns about your child’s sleep habits.