So what can parents do to help their children get the recommended hours of sleep each night? It is essential to create good sleep habits for your children when they are young and encourage them to continue these habits into their adolescent and teen years.
Here are a few simple things that can have a significant impact on your child’s sleep:
- Make sleep a priority in your house. If your children see that you recognize the value of quality sleep they are more likely to have that same perception.
- Encourage your kids to get outside and play during the day for better sleep.
- Devote time early in the afternoon for kids to do their homework.
- Limit social networking activities to one hour before bedtime.
- No televisions, computers, electronic games or smartphones should be allowed in the bedroom during sleeping times.
- Develop consistent bedtime routines.
- Encourage kids to take a warm bath shortly before bedtime.
- Read a non-violent book to your young kids and encourage your older children to read a non-violent book.
- Listen to soothing music on the radio, CD or iPod.
Encourage kids to do relaxation exercises such light yoga stretches to relax muscles before bed.