Why Kids Need Sleep

February 28th, 2017

  • Make sure your child doesn’t eat a heavy meal before bedtime. Snacks should be eaten at least 30 minutes before bedtime to ensure he or she has time to burn off calories and extra sugar.  And, remember, no caffeine or sugary snacks!
  • Warn your child that bedtime is in five minutes, or give him a choice — “Do you want to go to bed now or in five minutes?” But, do this only once.
  • I know that you’ve heard this a million times, but keep your child’s sleep routine consistent.  Establish a consistent and relaxing bedtime routine that lasts between 20 and 30 minutes and ends in your child’s bedroom.  Avoid scary stories or TV shows. It’s better to read a favorite book every night than a new one because it’s familiar.
  • Do some gentle stretching with your kid (be sure not to get her wound up and crazy) right before bedtime. A few gentle stretches and poses may help your kid unwind and relax her tired muscles.
  • Teach your child calming techniques so the worries of the day – or about tomorrow’s test – don’t interfere with his sleeping. If your child has a tendency to worry, ensure homework is done at least one hour before bedtime and that he has a chance to ask you to proofread it.  The earlier homework is completed, the more opportunity he has to ask you for help and the less worried he will be during the night.  Create a nightly study routine and stick to it!
  • If your child comes out of her room after you’ve put her to bed, walk her back and gently but firmly remind her that it’s bedtime.
  • I wish you good luck and sweet dreams tonight! Fitness for Health creates unique exercise programs based on a child’s individual fitness goals.  Want to combat childhood obesity with our Healthy Hearts program?  Aspiring to improve your child’s athletic edge?  No problem!  Fitness for Health can you help you and your loved ones reach your full potential.]]>

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