Back-to-School Sleep Tips

As the new school year approaches, the National Sleep Foundation encourages parents and kids to put healthy sleep on the list of back-to-school necessities. Kids tend to sleep and wake up later during the summer, making the transition to the school-year sleep schedule difficult.

Here are some great "Back-to-School Sleep Tips" to help start your child's school year off right:

  • Gradually adjust to earlier sleep and wake schedules 10 days to two weeks before school begins. This will set biological clocks to the new schedule.
  • Keep a regular sleep schedule, and avoid extremes on weekends. Having a regular bedtime increases the likelihood that kids – including teens – will get optimal sleep.
  • Establish a relaxing bedtime routine. Reading before bed is a good choice for kids of all ages and for parents.
  • Create a sleep environment that is cool, quiet, dimly lit and comfortable.
  • Keep television, video games and other electronics out of the bedroom. National Sleep Foundation's 2006 Sleep in America poll revealed that having electronic devices in the bedroom is associated with an increased risk of falling asleep in class and while doing homework. Eliminate exposure to electronic media (television, video and computer games etc.) within an hour of bedtime.
  • Limit caffeine, especially after lunchtime.
  • Eat well and exercise.

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reprinted from the National Sleep Foundation: