National Sleep Foundation Encouraging Proper Sleep for Kids Returning to School

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS — With the new school year almost here, it is important that parents have their children have a proper sleep schedule.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adjusting your schedule for the school year is important.  They say that you should return to a school appropriate sleep schedule around 2 weeks before school starts, so you’ll be rested properly, plus maintain a sleep schedule through all days of the week, and not use the catch-up sleep on the weekend method.  Also before bedtime, your child should have a quiet time, to allow them to unwind before sleep.

The NSF says that children should be limited on electronic distractions before bedtime, and avoid big means and caffeine before bed.  They continue by saying that a bedroom should be in a dark room in a comfortable bed and at a normal room temperature that isn’t too hot or cold, with no electronic distractions like tv, computer or video game in the same area.  Lastly they say that the parent needs to be a good role model, by establishing your own regular sleep cycle, so that they will follow your footsteps.

For more information on the importance of sleep or if you have any questions, call SSM Health Sleep Disorders Center at 618-436-86-42.

Teenagers and young children are recommended to having 8 to 10 hours of sleep per night, so that their bodies can repair themselves from the stress of the day.