Sleep is vital for everyone’s health, but especially children who are going to school with a large amount of people. Improving children’s sleep health should be seen as a top priority. At school, kids get exposed to all kinds of germs. A good night’s sleep might be the immune boost that your child needs to keep from getting sick! These tips should help with getting the consistent hours of sleep that your child needs for a healthy and successful life!

Create a bedtime routine.

A bedtime routine can include hygiene habits like taking a bath/shower or brushing teeth. Couple this with relaxing activities like reading, journaling, or meditating. This will carve out a decent portion of time in the evening devoted to “winding down”. This will help your child feel like they are settling in and ready to go to bed.

Maintain a consistent bedtime.

Setting a specific time by which your child should start their bedtime routine will help it become a habit. Make sure you don’t deviate from this time too often, or the child might struggle with sticking to this routine.

Reduce screen time before bed.

If your child has their own laptop, tablet, phone, or other device then that may be another distraction that keeps them up late at night. It’s easy to not notice how much time has passed when you’re absorbed in a YouTube video. But the blue light that phones and other screens emit is also linked to reduced sleep quality. It’s important to limit this exposure to light late at night in the hope that it will make us more ready to fall asleep.  Sleep is often overlooked as an important pillar of health. However, when we make sure to improve children’s sleep health, we are setting them up for a lifetime of health and happiness. It’s easy to make these small changes in habits that lead to big changes in your overall health. If you or a loved one are struggling to get enough sleep, take a free sleep screening to see if a sleep disorder may be the cause.