National Sleep Awareness Week, March 2-9, 2017
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.
- Make sure your child gets enough sleep by setting an age-appropriate bedtime (preferably before 9:00 pm) and wakeup time.
- Keep a consistent bedtime and wakeup time on weekdays and weekends.
- Establish a consistent bedtime routine and recommend wearing comfortable clothes in bed, including strong absorbing diapers for young children.
- Encourage your child to fall asleep independently.
- Avoid bright lights at bedtime and during the night and increase light exposure in the morning.
- Keep all electronics, including televisions, computers, and cell phones, out of the bedroom and limit the use of electronics before bedtime.
- Maintain a regular daily schedule, including consistent mealtimes.
- Have an age-appropriate nap schedule.
- Ensure plenty of exercise and time spent outdoors during the day.
- Eliminate foods and beverages containing caffeine, including many sodas, coffee, and tea.
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