Monday, August 13, 2012

Sweet Sleep's top 10 "Back to School-Sleep!"

In light of school starting up, Sweet Sleep thought that we could share some sleeping tips for your sweet ones that we’ve picked up from several sources on the web!  We hope that these are of help and maybe help this transition into school a more pleasant one :)--if anything, we ask that you read for something to think about.

Sweet Sleep’s top 10 ways to get your child back into their “Back to School-Sleep”:

1. “Get them up earlier in the morning so they’re more tired in the evening and get them to bed earlier in the evening,” Adron Children’s Hospital Pediatrician Dr. Cooper White said.

2.      2. Garden, “Keep darkened rooms at a cool temperature which helps the transition from wake to sleep.” (Mike Wilson, WIBC Indiana News)

3.      3. “Children having anxiety thinking about going back to school?   Childrens' books related to going back to school might be a very appropriate way to discuss the topic.” White said. (Jenn Strathman,

4.      4. Children who have been away at camp with unsteady sleeping schedules?  Ariana Birnbaum’s child would head to bed 15 minutes earlier each night until he returned to his regular bedtime. (Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Press)

5.      5. “…kids in Grades 1 through 5 should be getting at least 10 to 11 hours of sleep each night.”

1.     6.  “..touch base with teachers to see if kids are experiencing any daytime sleepiness.” (Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Press)

7.      7. “It’s best to read stories with your kids sitting up, because you want their body to associate the position of sleep with lying down.” (Mike Wilson, WIBC Indiana News)

8.     8.  “Doctor Deborah Givan with Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health says getting a bright start in the morning can help get body clock rhythm a bit more focuses."

9.     9. “.. put kids to bed when they are tired, and slowly start rolling back that time throughout the week, working towards an earlier bed time. (Mike Wilson, WIBC Indiana News)

10. “Dr. Burg says without enough sleep, kids can show signs of behavioral and learning problems.  He adds mood disorders aren’t uncommon from lack of sleep and contributes to children being late or missing school all together.” (Amaka Ubaka, News Channel 6 Omaha, NE)

As much as we hope that you can take something away from this top 10 list we’ve made, re-read number 10. Lack of sleep can cause mental and physical problems and delays.

Don’t forget that sleeping is something that we all take for granted and is something we should embrace and enjoy as many children don’t get this luxury; they don’t get a good night’s sleep, or even a bed for that matter.

What will you and your children do to help change this? Will you choose Sweet Sleep?

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