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Healthy Habits: Sleep

It’s common to feel as though you never get enough sleep. When you feel tired, you’re cranky, unable to think, and you’re more likely to get sick. Here’s some simple and practical tips that may help your family sleep better through the night.

  • Keep to a regular routine. You’ve heard it time and time again, but it’s true. Children thrive on a consistent schedule where they can anticipate the next event. Daily rhythm helps everyone in the family sleep better.

  • Be active. Part of the daily rhythm is also going outside, getting fresh air, and exercising. When children are tired, they are more likely to fall asleep faster, and sleep deeper.

  • Make it a priority. There’s times where it seems almost impossible to get everything done. Keep in mind that getting a good amount of sleep is just as important as eating a good dinner and exercise. Do a check to make sure that the choices you’re making are on track to develop habits that you are wanting to prioritize.

  • Check your screen time usage. Screen time can actually hinder your brain’s ability to produce the hormone melatonin which is responsible for the sleep/wake cycle. By turning off electronics at least an hour to 30 minutes beforehand, we can encourage a good night's rest.

  • Pay attention to patterns and issues. When your children fall asleep, go in and quietly check on them and pay attention to how they are sleeping. Is it restful? Are they snoring or breathing heavily? This may be a sign that you need to talk with your pediatrician.

  • Invite peace. Part of your rhythm prior to going to bed could be to have your child help you turn off the light/put on low, close blinds, turn on soft music, pick a book, and settle down with their favorite stuffed toy. Creating a calm and rhythmic environment will help slow down and prepare to go to sleep.

Find a pace and style that fits your family and be consistent. Talk to your child’s teachers and see if they notice any changes or issues during the day. We’re here to help!

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