As you may be aware, National Sleep Week was in March. Here are some good tips:
Kids ages 5 to 12 years old need 10-11 hours of sleep each night. That means if a child is getting up at 7am, they need to be asleep (not in bed) by 8-9pm. For many children falling asleep takes time. Following a nightly routine will make it easier for your child to relax, fall asleep and sleep through the night. Begin early so they have time to wash up, change into pajamas and read before the time you actually hope they will be asleep. If children have had enough sleep, they will wake up on their own! (Remember to leave enough time for a balanced breakfast). If you are fighting with a child to get up in the morning, they need to be in bed earlier in the evening! Here’s a website for you to explore with your child to teach them the importance of good sleep: www. Sleepforkids.org.