Tips to help your child get sufficient sleep for school

Sleep is more important than you may think. The average kid has a busy day. There’s school, taking care of your pets, running around with friends, going to sports practice or other activities, and doing your homework. By the end of the day, your body needs a break. Sleep lets your body get rest for the next day.

For most kids, sleeping comes pretty naturally. Here are some tips to help you catch all the ZZZs you need:

  • Try to go to bed at the same time every night; this helps your body get into a routine.
  • Follow a bedtime routine that is calming, such as taking a warm bath or reading before going to bed.
  • Limit foods and drinks especially those that contain caffeine. (Caffeine consumed during the day can also affect sleep at night.) Generally, food and drink before bedtime should be avoided.
  • Don’t have a TV in your room. (Research shows that kids who have one in their rooms sleep less. If you have a TV, turn it off when it’s time to sleep.)
  • Don’t watch scary TV shows or movies close to bedtime because these can sometimes make it hard to fall asleep.
  • Don’t exercise just before going to bed. Do exercise earlier in the day — it helps a person sleep better.
  • Use your bed just for sleeping — not doing homework, reading, playing games, watching TV or talking on the phone. That way, you’ll train your body to associate your bed with sleep.

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