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Get your Zzzz’s with These 7 Tips for Better Sleep

The back-to-school time of year heightens stress and often contributes to disrupted sleep patterns. Does this sound like you or your kids? I know many kids who have difficulty sleeping. Sometimes they just can’t wind down. This happens to my son who is often up late doing homework. Since it’s his first year of high school, I want to be sure he gets better sleep to set him up for success. Here are 7 tips for better sleep for you and your kids.

8 Tips for Better Sleep for You and Your Kids

8 Tips for Better Sleep

No late night snacking

Refraining from after dinner snacking, especially sugary treats. my son has a real sweet tooth at night. I have him refrain from any sweet treats after 8pm unless it’s a special occasion.

Exercise

When my son is keeping up with a fitness routine, he always sleep better. I make sure he spends time outside with friends playing soccer or jumping on the trampoline. Studies show that running and playing about 3-4 hours before bed helps the body get ready for sleep.

No Computers or Tablets in Bed

My son is often guilty of bringing his tablet to bed. I let him have a small amount of time before bed making sure that it is set to night mode, which turns down the light that conflicts with sleep. All screens must be off when it’s time to go to sleep.

Are you getting enough rest at night? Here are 7 tips to help you get a better night's sleep.

Dim the lights

My friend shared this idea where you use low lighting while getting ready for bed. We have a bright light in the bathroom so I have the kids get ready with a night light while they wash up and brush their teeth. This helps signal their bodies that it’s time to rest. 

Do relaxing things before bed

When my kids were little, we listened to the same lullaby CD for years. It helped sooth them to sleep. I encourage my kids to take a warm bath, read a book, or listen to soft music as a way to relax before falling asleep.

Keep the sleep environment cool

No need to bundle your child up in too many blankets or set the heat too high. A typical room temperature or a bit coolers is best to promote a deeper sleep.

Create a sleep-friendly environment

Comfortable pillows, Soft sheets, room-darkening shades, and relative quiet can help your child differentiate between day and night, making it easier to fall asleep.

Do you have tips for better sleep? Please share in a comment.

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Angad Singh

Tuesday 10th of July 2018

This is a very good view. Thanks for You.

Beck

Sunday 11th of February 2018

Hello, You have shared very profitable tips. A good night's sleep is very important for health. From my point of view, Relax and clear your mind in evening is very important for adequate sleep. There are many strategies you could try, including listening to relaxing music, reading a book, taking a hot bath and deep breathing.

Dawn McAlexander

Tuesday 12th of December 2017

Keeping the sleep environment cool really helps me. I like 2-3 covers and a fan on me!

Shannon Gurnee

Monday 11th of December 2017

I've never heard of this brand, but it sounds like a good one. These are definitely some great tips for getting a better night's sleep though!

steph parrell

Monday 11th of December 2017

I need this right now! I have been having the worst sleep lately! I think I really need to reduce the heat in my room.

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