We hope you are all doing well! We all know it is important to keep our routine and schedule in our lives. It helps us to feel in control and able to expect what our day is going to be like. It helps our bodies and minds to perform at their peak. Did you know, the same is true for our kids?! It is just as important for us to keep a bedtime, sleep and morning routine for consistency. Try to start your evening routine early and get them in bed at a decent time. If your child is 4, they need 11.5-12 hours of sleep a night. If they are 5-6, years old they need 11 hours, and if they are 7-8 years old they need 10.5 hours of sleep a night*. It is important to know that all children wake during the night, but should be able to put themselves back to bed*. Children can become sleep deprived to the point of it impacting their learning within a couple of days*.
A good way to make sure they get a good night’s sleep is to keep your evening routine the same as much as you can. An example of an evening routine would be to change into pajamas, brush teeth, being tucked in tight/getting squishes/tight hugs from mom and dad, read a book, soft music, then lights out. If having a routine, start out slow take your time to acclimate your child to a new schedule.
Have a wonderful week! Sweet Dreams!
*Information obtained from Nancy Birkenmeier, BSN, RN, 2010, St. Luke’s Hospital, Chesterfield, MO