National Sleep Awareness Week, March 2-9, 2017

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Sleep is essential to feeling refreshed and rested, and is an indispensable part of a healthy lifestyle.

Sleep Awareness Week 2017 leads up to the beginning of Daylight Saving Time (Sunday March 12)  when most Americans lose an hour of sleep. This presents a great opportunity for parents to adjust their child’s sleep routines and make beneficial changes.

Here are the top 10 commandments for children and sleep.

  1. Make sure your child gets enough sleep by setting an age-appropriate bedtime (preferably before 9:00 pm) and wakeup time.
  2. Keep a consistent bedtime and wakeup time on weekdays and weekends.
  3. Establish a consistent bedtime routine and recommend wearing comfortable clothes in bed, including strong absorbing diapers for young children.
  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.

To help create a soothing bedtime routine as suggested above try using our Good Night Sleep Tight Reward Chart.  It provides a step by step routine with tips and guidelines to help you give your child a healthy nights sleep and for you an evening to unwind. For a limited time use coupon code VCHART15 to  get 15% off the Sleep chart from our website.

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