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Sleep Hygiene

Sleep Hygiene

  Difficulty Regulating Emotions
 
  Increased Appetite
 
  Sluggish Cognitive Processing
 
  Defiant Behavior
 
  Clumsiness
 
  Hyperactivity
 
  Difficulty Focusing
 
  Poor Memory
 
Do any of these describe your child?
 
If so, a better night’s sleep may be the answer.  As summer comes to an end and the school year draws near, developing a regular sleep schedule for your child may not only decrease these problems, but also enhance their academic performance, social growth, and overall development.  Here are some quick tips to establish good sleep hygiene: 
 
• Go to bed at the same time every night at a reasonable time, with a goal of 10-12 hours of sleep. 
 
• Follow a bedtime routine by doing the same relaxing activities every night before bed – like reading, listening to quiet music, or taking a bath.
 
• Exercise during the day, with no high energy activities before bed.  
 
• Exposure to sun EARLY in the day calibrates the body’s internal “circadian” clock.
 
• Keep the bedroom cool, dark, and quiet.
 
• No “screen time” at least 30 minutes before bed (TV, tablets, cell phones or computers) because they mimic daylight, stimulating your brain and reducing your body’s natural production of hormones that help you sleep. 
 
• No eating less than an hour before bed, particularly caffeinated soda or chocolate, because it can disturb sleep
 
Start the school off on the right foot and set your kids up for success by establishing good sleep hygiene now!
 
 
REBECCA LASKIN is a therapist with Laskin Therapy Group who offers physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech/language therapy. She can be reached at 601-362-0859 or Rebecca@LaskinTherapyGroup.com. For more information email Kaitlin@LaskinTherapyGroup.com.

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