It's hard to believe that we are talking about back-to-school season, but it's here. Many parents and kids become more relaxed when it comes to bedtime during the summer months. While this makes for a relaxing summer, it can make going back to school rough when we've been out of the habit of going to bed at a reasonable hour for a few months. Doctors suggest getting kids back on their sleep schedule at least two weeks before the start of school.
Start in 15 Minute Increments
Move your child's bedtime up by 5 to 15 minutes every night, and wake them up 5 to 15 minutes earlier the next morning. Essentially if your child goes to bed 15 minutes earlier you should wake up your child 15 minutes earlier. Continue doing this until your child's routine matches their school sleep routine.
Unplug an Hour Before Bed
It's no secret that the artificial blue light from electronics is not kind to our sleep schedule. Also if your child has access to texts and social media, that serves as a distraction. Make an effort to unplug at least an hour before bed. Have your child keep their electronics with you for safe keeping. Have your child engage in relaxing activities before bed such as reading, journaling or maybe even try a bedtime meditation or yoga routine together!
Create a Relaxing Atmosphere
Much like adults kids need time to unwind too. On top of unplugging an hour before bed, create a relaxing environment for your child. Ensure that they have a dark and comfortable room. Some suggestions for a relaxing atmosphere is a soft lighting, a fan or white noise machine. Soft music is always a good option for small kids.