Guide for Getting Your Child Back Into a Sleep Routine for School

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It’s that time of year again. Time to start the school year. Although your children may moan at the realization that their long summer break from school will soon come to an end, the looming school days are quickly approaching. We’re sure you’re stocking up on school supplies, new school clothes or uniforms, backpacks and lunch boxes for your children. The lazy summer days are coming to an end for your kids and bed times, curfews and early morning wake up calls will soon become the norm.

Getting enough sleep at night is important for your child’s academic performance, class time attention span and overall health. According to the National Sleep Foundation, it is recommended that children between the ages of five and 12 need an average of 10 to 11 hours of sleep every night and children ages 10 to 18 need about 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep per night. It can be difficult to get your children to bed at a decent hour, especially after a long summer of sleeping in. Here are some tips for making the transition easier for you and your kids:

1. Don't wait until last minutes, 2. Avoid caffeine and sugar, 3. Set alarms and stick to them, 4. Plan early morning activities before school starts, 5. Goal and rewards for following bedtimes

We wish you the best of luck with getting back into a routine and hope your children have a fun and successful school year! Be sure to read our Ready, Set, School articles on our blog for more back to school tips and tricks!

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