This is a sponsored conversation by Restonic. As always, all opinions are my own.
I feel that sleep is really important for growing children. My kids wake up very early and if they don’t go to bed at a decent hour, they are off their game the whole next day. I know that I’m a mess if I don’t get my sleep, so I can’t expect them to function without it. I’ve let our sleep routine slide this summer, but as back-to-school time is coming quicker than I realize – I need to make sure we get back to our normal routine. I’m excited to partner up with Restonic to talk about how you can help your kids get a good night’s sleep. Restonic’s line of mattresses can help play a role in a healthy sleep environment with a comfortable bed to dream about the ABC’s. Read on for some easy tips on how to help your kids get a good night’s sleep and enter to win a Restonic Mattress.
“Insufficient sleep is associated with a higher incidence of behavioral problems. Kids who are sleep deprived often have trouble getting along with others. They are more likely to be clumsy, have mood swings, have trouble concentrating, feel stressed and lack motivation. Poor sleep in school-age children might result in hyperactivity and poor academic performance.” says Terry Cralle, RN, MS, Certified Clinical Sleep Educator from the Better Sleep Council.
In my home, my kids go to bed around 8- 8:45 pm. Since my three kids are around 2 years apart, the little one (who just turned 7) goes to bed at 8 pm, the middle kid (age 9 1/2) goes to bed at 8:30 pm and the big one (going to be 12 soon) goes to bed by 8:40 to 8:45 PM. We also turn off electronics (including TV) by dinnertime and don’t turn them on again. Friday nights and Saturday nights are movie nights and I can let them relax then, not during the week. We need our bedtimes and sleep routines to function and surprisingly, my kids don’t fight me on this. We also start our bedtime routine by 7:30 pm so there’s no surprise in bedtime. Giving kids time to wind down is so important. With my oldest child, who is going to be 12 in a month, I’ve also added meditation and light stretching exercises. Now, being a working parent, it’s hard to come home at 6:30 pm and then start bedtime at 7:30, but I’ve found that my kids sleep so much better when I do make sure they get their rest!
What time is bedtime in your home? And what’s your bedtime routine?
So, what can you really do to ensure your child has a solid night’s sleep every night? We’re going to give you some easy, totally practical tips.
Kids Need a Bedtime
Figure out the time your child needs to go to bed and then adjust the time for your child. My kids are 7, 9, and almost 12; and it’s recommended that they get between 9 to 12 hours of sleep every night. But saying that and the reality is different – your kid may think they need less, but as a parent, you should decide what your kids need to make sure they get their rest. “A regular bedtime strengthens circadian rhythms and helps ensure adequate time for sleep. Kids will learn what to expect and bedtime will become a non-negotiable part of the day. Following a consistent routine aids in the development of healthy sleep habits that result in quality sleep.” says Terry Cralle, RN, MS, Certified Clinical Sleep Educator from the Better Sleep Council.
Blackout shades and curtains are essential in my house. My kids cannot sleep without them. I can’t sleep without them. Make sure they are actually pulled down when your child goes to sleep, otherwise the room will be totally bright in the AM, waking your child up super early (we’ve forgotten a few times and then they wake ME up at 6 am). While the rooms need to be dark, my kids also prefer having a dim night light on, as I prefer a sound machine (my iPhone with a sound app does the trick). Keep rooms cool, not freezing or too hot.
“Dim lights in the evening and avoid excessively bright bathroom lighting while bathing, brushing teeth and otherwise preparing for bed. Also, evaluate your child’s room in the dark for light sources, such as the tiny lights on electronics –these can be removed, covered with tape or turned away from your child’s line of sight.” says Terry Cralle, RN, MS, Certified Clinical Sleep Educator from the Better Sleep Council.
Did you also know that the mattress matters?
“Investing in a high quality, supportive mattress for your child is important for healthy growth and development. Older children can participate in their sleep health by getting involved in their mattress selection process,” says Terry Cralle, RN, MS, Certified Clinical Sleep Educator from the Better Sleep Council.
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So, what kind of sleep do you and your family get every night and how a better sleep could possibly assist you all during the back to school season and/or everyday life?
We are giving away (1) Restonic Mattress, winner’s choice of size up to Queen, valued at $899.