With “Back to School” looming just weeks away, it is time for many families to get back to a healthy sleep regimen. Confused where to start with this sometimes daunting task?
If bedtime or nighttime sleep has become a challenge with your pre-school or school aged child, this website from the Nation Sleep Foundation (www.sleepforkids.org) may help. I often find that teaching children WHY they need sleep, helps to make sleep times less of a struggle. Learning the importance of sleep empowers them to take care of themselves, while just saying “you need your sleep – go to bed” causes a battle of wills. So carve out an hour of your day and sit down with your child and discuss what sleep does for our bodies and why it is so important. During your discussion, visit www.sleepforkids.org. Go through the different interactive pages which explain sleep topics in a language which children can relate to and understand. For example – check out “Why We Sleep,” “How Sleep Works,” and “Can’t Sleep?” to shape your discussion. There is even a cute character “PJ” Bear, and puzzles and games. Start now and your child will be rested and on track by the first day of school!
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Amy Lage is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Family Sleep Institute certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant. She is founder of Well Rested Baby. She offers a host of services including in person, phone, email and Skype/FaceTime consultations that can be tailored to meet any family’s needs and schedule. Please email her at email@example.com to schedule a consultation. Be sure to follow WRB on Facebook and Twitter too for more great sleep tips.