It’s that time of year again when parents cheer silently and children grumble out loud: School is starting! Gone are the long days of summer and the joys of sleeping in. Gone are the late mornings of hitting the “snooze” button 73 times. If you want to avoid the whole “5 more minutes” debate every morning, you should start (and maintain) healthy sleep habits now. Here are some tips for both parents and kids to help get a night of good sleep at the beginning of the school year.
Finish homework and housework early
The last thing anyone wants to do is wrestle with algebra (or a mop) right before hitting the hay. Set aside time during the day or in the afternoon to get work done so you’re not pushing off bedtime just to complete that last assignment or make that counter top sparkle.
Establish a relaxing bedtime routine
Create some quiet time each night before bed for reading, baths, or quiet games to help everyone unwind. This is a great time to put away distractions like phone or tablets, and ideally the TV should be turned off too. Take a break and connect with your family!
Know how much sleep you need
Children ages 5-8 need 10-11 hours a night, especially if this is their first year at school. (Kindergarten is exhausting, all that Play-Doh takes a toll!) Pre-teens between the ages of 9-12 need about 9 hours, and those teenagers of yours need at least 8. Grownups: Don’t neglect your pillow either — listen to Dr. Oz and make sure you get a solid 7 hours every night.
Prepare your body for sleeping
Do you ever let your kids “run it out”? It’s a great way to let them burn off extra energy so they wind down faster at bedtime. And unless you want them bouncing around like pinballs, skip the caffeinated drinks for a few hours leading up to sleepy-time. (Bonus: These tips also apply to adults! Who knew?!)
Dress your nest
This is probably the most important tip of all! The routines and schedules and sleep suggestions don’t mean a thing if your bedroom is less than ideal for getting some ZZZs. Having the right mattress makes all the difference, and so does the bedding you choose along with it. Picking luxurious linens and cloud-like pillows makes bedtime even more of a special event.
Good sleep helps everyone start their school days on the right foot! Looking to upgrade your mattress and bedding to build a great foundation for a great night’s sleep? Come in and visit us in-store or stay in bed and shop our awesome selection online. Sweet dreams!