Back To School Tips – Is Your Child Getting Enough Sleep?

Back To School 2With the first day of school just around the corner, our team at Professionals Mudgee Real Estate thought we’d help out Mudgee parents with a few tried and tested ‘back to school tips’, beginning with re-setting your child’s body clock.

Getting back into the swing of earlier wake-up times can be hard for kids, not to mention parents.  To better ease your family’s transition to a “school night” sleep schedule, it’s not a bad idea to roll back your child’s bedtime the week before term 1 begins.

If your child is aged 5 to 12 they’ll typically need 10 to 11 hours of sleep per night, while older children will generally require at least 9 hours of sleep.

Some signs that your children are not getting enough shut-eye are:

  • They’re irritable, restless, or have a short attention span.
  • They don’t have as much energy as usual, or run out of steam faster.
  • They’re more impatient, anxious, or defensive than usual.

To help your children get sufficient sleep it’s recommended that a bedtime routine is established and maintained for consistency.  The National Sleep Foundation recommends:

  • Limiting caffeine consumption in the afternoon and evening.
  • Avoiding serving big dinners close to bedtime.
  • Setting a regular bedtime and enforcing it.
  • Creating a calming night routine. Video games and TV shows are too stimulating before bed. Instead, why not share a favourite story with your child or encourage your child to read on their own?

Does your child have a successful bedtime routine?  Is there a favourite toy or book your child won’t sleep without?  Please share any of your own ‘back to school’ parenting tips with us here. 


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