Students’ Sleeping Habits – Back to School

August is a month full of endings. It’s the end of summer, the end of vacation season, and the end of pool days. All of these endings stem from one beginning – going back to school. This month, we’ll take a look at what going back to school means for your children and the toll it may take on their bodies.

First item on the list – sleeping habits. Knowing that bedtimes are extremely hard to force on a regular basis and how busy kids are with sports and other after-school activities, it’s an important topic to cover.

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According to the National Sleep Foundation, each age group of children has different sleeping needs; however, around ten hours tends to be the average needed for kids in school. The National Sleep Foundation also recommends an earlier bedtime between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. It is believed that “a consistent, soothing, wind-down routine with no screen time” will give the little ones the best possible night of sleep.

So why is sleep so important? It’s good for the bones. Everyday activities, which cause normal wear and tear, are typically repaired quickly. But when sleep deprivation occurs, it impacts how bones repair themselves and can cause decreased bone density.

To help stay on task, follow these nine tips from the Alaska Sleep Clinic:

  1. Start the transition early.

  2. Keep a regular bedtime schedule.

  3. Begin a relaxing bedtime routine.

  4. Turn off electronics.

  5. Create an ideal sleep environment.

  6. Limit caffeine intake.

  7. Make sure kids eat healthy and have regular exercise.

  8. Communicate with your children.

  9. Practice these tips yourself.

Here’s to the next school year and hoping your nights are filled with sweet dreams!

For more information, read these articles mentioned in the links below:

https://sleepfoundation.org/excessivesleepiness/content/how-much-sleep-do-babies-and-kids-need

http://www.alaskasleep.com/blog/back-to-school-sleep-tips-parents-teens-children

Traci Byrd