Today's kids have a lot going on—from school and homework to after-school and social activities. The key to helping them perform their best is to make sure they get plenty of rest. As a parent, you want to help your child understand how to sleep better. Our tried and true sleep tips will have your child sailing off to dreamland in no time!
An active child by day is a sleepy child by night! Help yours get plenty of playtime each day and you’ll continue to reap the reward with a smoother bedtime. Aim for at least 60 minutes a day, but some activity is better than none.
Caffeine can interfere with sleep, and isn’t the best choice for kids anyway. If you can’t cut it all together, try to avoid it from the afternoon through bedtime.
Shut off all screens (TV, phone, computer, video games) at least an hour before bed. Pulling the plug on electronics helps calm a kid’s brain, so he can settle in for sleep without a struggle.
Most kids sleep best in a cool, quiet and dark room. Keep all screens, including cellphones, out of the bedroom. The light coming from the screen delays the body’s natural release of melatonin, which is responsible for telling your body it’s time to sleep.
Develop a relaxing bed time routine. Bath, books and lights out is a routine that can be started early and last throughout childhood. Routines help your child know what to expect next—sleep!
Consistency, consistency, consistency. We’ll say it again: Be consistent with the bedtime routine every night to prevent any wiggle room for stall tactics—which will ensure that your child gets a good night's sleep.
Stay on schedule (yes, even on weekends). When kids have the same bedtime and wake-up time every day, it’s much easier to keep them on track and help them sleep better.