The beginning of the school year has arrived. This time of year, we’re all taking steps to reduce the pressure of back-to-school season and set our children up for success. And one of the most vital frameworks for academic achievement starts at home with the proper sleep routine.
Your child is presented with a ton of information each day at school, and a steady sleep routine is crucial to their ability to take it all in. Quality and quantity of sleep are directly related to attention span, memory, thought processing, and sequential thinking – all essential parts of the learning environment.
Making sleep a priority can be difficult with everything we have going on in life. And sometimes, getting the electronics turned off and lights out are battles we don’t want to fight. But, just know: When it comes to getting your child to adhere to a regular sleep schedule, the benefits outweigh the struggles.
When a child doesn’t get enough sleep, a lot of negative repercussions occur. The resulting drowsiness, irritability, hyperactivity, depression, and anxiety can become obstacles to learning. The amount of sleep your child gets each night dictates the strength of their mental function.
So, how much sleep is enough? The Sleep Foundation advises that the amount of sleep your child needs depends on age. Children aged 6-12 are recommended 9 to 11 hours per night, while teens fall in the 8 to 10 range.
If you’re having difficulty getting on track with a sleep schedule, don’t worry. There are plenty of best practices that can help.
Creating a sleep-friendly environment can make all the difference in your child’s bedtime routine. Here are some things you can do to make sure your child’s room is ready for a long-nights rest:
As you develop your child’s bedtime routine, keep some things in mind:
Now is a great time to start if you don’t have an already established sleep routine. Use these tips to set the standard, and then adjust to what works for your family. The main thing is to stay consistent. Repetition becomes pattern, pattern becomes habit, and a strong sleep schedule is one habit that will aid your child throughout their school career.
For more tips on preparing your family for back to school, check out our Parent Survival Guide on the topic.