Are you wondering how you’re going to get the kids back into a sleep routine for school? If bedtimes and mornings have been later in your household, sleep consultant Lucy Wolfe of Sleep Matters shares 5 tips for getting the sleep routine back on track.
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We all get out of the routine of school bedtimes during holidays and breaks. It can be a fight to re-establish them. We know that sleep is critically important for concentration in school and making sure they get a good night’s sleep will mean that the morning times might go that bit easier when you’re calling them at 7 am.
Instead of battling them to bed, here are some easy ideas that may help establish a good back to school sleep routine for your family.
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Tips for Back to School Sleep Routine for Parents
#1. Bring Back Bedtimes as Early as Possible
Sleep consultant Lucy Wolfe recommends starting to change bedtime to an earlier time as soon as you can, ideally at least a week or a few days before back to school.
If bedtimes and wake times have been on the later side, start gradually bringing them forward so that your child is going to bed at an age appropriate time and that they are waking naturally in the morning.
#2. Turn off Gadgets an Hour Before Bedtime
Turn off any gadgets that can stimulate your child at least an hour before their bedtime. This includes TV, computers, smartphones and games consoles, basically anything with a screen!
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#3. Create a Relaxing Routine for Bedtime
For younger kids, build a relaxing routine around a bath, jammies and a bedtime story. For older kids and teens, taking a shower, reading a book, or whatever they find relaxing that doesn’t involve screen time will help them unwind.
#4. Be Prepared for Resistance
Setting limits at bedtime is important but you will face resistance from your child. Maybe your teen wants to watch one more programme or your child wants another drink or another story.
It can be tempting to give into the requests but that’s only going to continue to make it more difficult to get back into a routine for school.
#5. Include Your Child in Making Decisions
Talk to your child about the necessity of sleep and why their body needs it. Ask them for input on what they want to do to relax before bedtime and then participate in the bedtime routine with them.
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Have your say! Are you going to follow these tips? How do you get your kids’ sleep routines school ready? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!