Like it or not, the crazy days of summer are slowly winding down. While the last few weeks of summer vacation are upon us, kids across the country will soon be headed back to school. ʼTis the season for new school routines, juggling the extra-curriculars, and re-establishing the family schedule. There’s no doubt that all of these adjustments can be stressful on parents and kids alike, but there is one trick of the trade that can save you and your little ones from falling behind. Quite simply, it’s time for bed.
Like pre-season sports, the body needs to be conditioned to go from summer to school sleep patterns. So, like a pre-season athlete, students (and parents) should start re-establishing the school sleep routine a little at a time, starting about two weeks before the first day of school. The National Sleep Foundation suggests parents start adjusting bedtimes and wake-up calls gradually over a few weeks so that kids don’t suffer from “clock shock” once school is back in session.
In addition to adjusting your kids’ internal clock, changes to their sleep environment can also help give them a head start on back to school sleep. Check out PureCare’s “Back To School, Back To Sleep” giveaway, August 17th – 21st, for a chance to infuse your child’s sleep environment with the sweet scents and calming effects of aromatherapy. Winners will receive two Aromatherapy Pillow Protectors, a full set of scented sachets, and a $50 Target gift card for back to school supplies.
- Stick with the school sleep schedule (even on the weekends) for at least two weeks before school starts.
- Create a relaxing sleep environment and a quiet nighttime routine a half-hour before bedtime.
- Make sure your child's room is a "media and electronics free zone."
- No food or caffeine two hours before bed.
With a little focus and planning, back to school will be as easy as 1, 2, 3.