Sleep Tips For Back To School

A 2006 study found that most 6th – 12th grade students don’t get enough sleep, so with that in mind here are some back to school sleep tips from the National Sleep Foundation.

  • About two weeks before the start of school, work on returning your child to a sleep schedule that is appropriate for school.
  • Maintain this sleep schedule once it is set – don’t use weekends to catch up on sleep.
  • Establish a quiet and relaxing routine before it is time to go to bed.
  • Limit electronic device use (television, video games, texting) before bedtime.
  • Avoid big meals just before going to sleep.
  • Limit caffeine use at least six hours before going to sleep.
  • Maintain a sleep-conducive bedroom environment.  Keep the room dark with a comfortable mattress and proper temperature settings (mid to upper 60s), with a low relative humidity.
  • Be a role model for your child and follow appropriate sleep guidelines yourself.

Sleep is essential for good health and proper restoration, especially for children. Follow these guidelines to help get your child off to a good start this school year.