Sleep Awareness Week, March 6-13

victoria chart company reward charts blog - Sleep Awareness Week, March 6-13

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) has launched Sleep Awareness Week © 2016, the annual event celebrating sleep health running March 6th through March 13th. Sleep Awareness Week encourages the public to prioritize sleep to improve their overall health and well-being.  The theme of Sleep Awareness 2016 theme is #7Days4BetterSleep  

The World Sleep Awareness has recommended these good sleep practices and are known as:

10 Commandments for Children

  1. Make sure your child gets enough sleep by setting an age-appropriate bedtime (preferably before 9:00 pm) and waketime.
  2. Keep a consistent bedtime and waketime on weekdays and weekends.
  3. Establish a consistent bedtime routine and recommend wearing comfortable clothes in bed, including strong absorbing diapers for infants.
  4. Encourage your child to fall asleep independently.
  5. Avoid bright lights at bedtime and during the night and increase light exposure in the morning.
  6. Keep all electronics, including televisions, computers, and cell phones, out of the bedroom and limit the use of electronics before bedtime.
  7.  Maintain a regular daily schedule, including consistent mealtimes.
  8.  Have an age-appropriate nap schedule.
  9.  Ensure plenty of exercise and time spent outdoors during the day.
  10.  Eliminate foods and beverages containing caffeine, including many sodas, coffee, and tea.

For more information from the World Sleep Day and to see the recommended sleep amounts for children click here.

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