Back to School!

Back to School!

It’s that time of year again, back to school!  Although I will miss the summertime fun, I will be happy to be back on a predictable schedule.

If your family is like mine you have probably noticed that as summer passed everyone’s schedule crept later and later.  Now that school is just a few weeks away it is time to start adjusting your kid's schedule back to their earlier time.  Going back to school is a tough transition for kids and you want to make sure they are not overtired when they walk through those classroom doors.

Here are my 6 tips to help your family feel rested and ready for school.

1. Make Sleep a Priority: It is easy to get caught up in all the new activities, schedules, and work.  Make sure you put sleep first and have your kids in bed at a healthy time.

2. Slowly adjust you schedule: During the summer most people end up going to bed later and sleeping later in the morning.  Don’t just try and change your child’s schedule the night before school starts.  They will have a hard time falling asleep and be overtired before they even get to school! Instead, take 2 weeks to slowly shift their schedule earlier.  Every few nights move bedtime 15 minutes earlier and wake them up 15 minutes earlier in the morning.

3. Unplug: Research shows that turning off electronics at least 30 minutes before bed improves a child’s ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.

4. Get Outside and Move:  As we head back to the classroom many kids are sitting for long periods of time and inside most of the day.  When school ends use that time to get your kids outside and move.  Exercise and sunlight all work together to help create healthy sleep patterns.

5. Routine Routine Routine:  Even as kids get older it is important to have a bedtime routine.  It should be relaxing, perhaps in a dim room.  It should also be calm, make sure you use this time for your child to wind down from their big day. Finally, it needs to be predictable, pick things that your child enjoys like snuggling in bed with a good book.

6. Be a Role Model:  Good sleep habits are important for every member of your family, not just your kids. Talk with your kids about the importance of healthy sleep then model a commitment to their bedtime schedule as well as your own.


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