It’s sad, but true…the sweet days of summer are coming to an end. Although memories of summer vacations gone-by may linger, back-to-school season is upon us, and it’s time to get your kiddos rest routine in order. Sleep is vital to your child’s performance and productivity, and the weeks leading up to the beginning of school help to set the tone for the year to come. All the notebooks, pencils, and protractors in the world can’t beat a regulated rest routine, so give your youngster a head start with our sleep tips for all ages.
Preschoolers: 3–5 years old
For our littlest achievers, 11–13 hours of quality sleep are a must. A new school year is a brand new adventure for many munchkins, but the change in schedule can be overwhelming and interfere with their ability to get the sleep they need. Beat the back-to-school bedtime blues by creating a calming environment and a relaxing routine.
Shhh…it’s quiet time! About an hour before lights out, soothe your sweet little sleeper with light music, a bedtime story, or even a warm bath. Make these activities specific to turn-in time so that your tot adapts to the daily repetition and easily recognizes the cues for bedtime. And don’t forget that sweet dreams start right here. Gift your child the sleep comfort and wellness benefits they need with our PureCare Kids collection of premium youth pillows. Designed for children 3 -12, our Kids collection will help your little one get a head start with the proper sleep support they need.
Middle Schoolers: 6–13 years old
If your growing child fits in this age range, they need between 9–11 hours of rest every night. Homework and after school activities typically increase at these ages, so it’s a great time to teach kiddos about healthy sleep habits.
Help them (and you!) avoid the nightly sleep struggle by setting and sticking to an evening routine. Eliminating the use of electronics in the bedroom an hour before bedtime can help end the tuck-in tantrum phase. As kids in this age range adjust to a more grown up sleep schedule, balancing their circadian rhythm is vital to their success. Eliminate distractions with a sleep mask to block out visual distractions and light that could throw your little ones sweet sleep off track.
High Schoolers: 14–17 years old
Almost grown, but not yet grown up, our teenaged kiddos depend on the restorative rest they need to balance their days. Kids in this age range need a minimum of 8–10 hours of healthy sleep nightly. Though it may seem futile (as teens have a natural predisposition to go to bed late and sleep in even later), healthy sleep doesn’t have to be a nightly hassle.
A few weeks before school starts, begin rolling back the bedtime clock by 10–15 minutes each night. Have patience but set a strict time—and that means no more TV! Start each morning by opening their bedroom blinds and letting that AM sunshine in. Ban late-night texting and chatting by setting rules to keep electronics out of the bedroom when bedtime rolls around. And most importantly, be sure to stick to their pre-determined sleep schedule on the weekends in order to avoid Monday morning mayhem.
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Back-to-school shouldn’t bring the bedtime blues. Help your youngster reach the head of the class with healthy sleep habits for every stage of their lives.