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10. August, 2018Uncategorized Comments Off on Four Ways to Ensure your Kid gets Enough Sleep

The sleep habits that ensure healthy childhood development are formed as early as infancy and can have a huge impact on your child for the rest of their life.  Children who don’t get enough sleep, which is the case for 2 out of 3 high schoolers, are more prone to being overweight, suffering from mental health issues such as depression and impulsive behavior, and are less likely to do well in school.  The good news is, there are some easy ways that you can start building healthy sleep habits for your child.

1. The Right Mattress

A comfortable mattress and pillow is the first step to making sure that your child can sleep through the night. You can’t rest if you aren’t comfortable, and that applies to your kid as well. If you notice them tossing and turning constantly, it might be time to try a different type of mattress for them.

2. A Distraction-Free Room

Another way to help with getting your child to fall asleep is to make their bedroom relaxing at night. It should be dark, cool and calm. The best bedroom is between 60 and 67 degrees and has quite a bit of airflow, so if there’s no fan in their room, give one a try.  Having a stuffed animal or a comforting blanket won’t be a problem, and could actually help, but having a lot of things with flashing lights or bright colors could be a problem. When picking colors for your child’s room, the best color you could choose for relaxation might be blue, according to a Travelodge survey.

3. Regular Sleeping and Waking Times

Having a strict bedtime with lights out at a specific time may not make you the coolest parent around, but it will help your child sleep well. Studies show that having a consistent bedtime and wake-up time builds a better night’s sleep for all of us, and the earlier that habit gets started, the better off your child will be throughout their lives.

4. A Relaxing Routine

We all do better when we have a routine to fall back on, and that includes a routine for going to sleep. For younger kids, that can mean a bath, tidying up their toys and having storytime or quiet listening time with their parents. Routines can be adjusted as kids age, but the gist should stay the same. The time before bedtime should be full of calming activities to tell their brains that it’s time for bed.

These routines should avoid electronics with screens whenever possible because screened devices put off a lot of blue spectrum light that tells brains to stay awake.

Helping your child develop healthy sleeping habits now can set them up for success later in life.