Summer holidays and vacations afford us more freedom, time for ourselves and even more importantly, the ability to sleep for as long as needed in the morning. During that period, the “early to bed, early to rise” idea gets tucked away. Over the next couple of months, the kids won’t be required to wake up early.
However, as much as the kids may already be used to making it early out of bed, the work of getting them used to the new routine is at hand, and it is quite important too. Below are a few tips to get along with the new routine and consequently getting some healthy sleep for yourself and your family.
Monitor what they eat and drink
There is usually a lot to eat during summer and enough time to eat as much as possible. As much as kids need enough for to have enough energy, you should monitor how much caffeine and sugar they are taking.
Your child’s bed should have the right bedding
For your kids to enjoy a healthy night’s sleep, bedding should be of the appropriate weight, soft and clean. The bedding should make sleeping comfortable and convenient for your child.
Emphasize on the importance of sleep
During summer, things are far less structured. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that school-aged children get between 9 and 11 hours of sleep every night. The family gets involved in so many vacation activities which may keep everyone awake at nights, but it is important that you, as parents, emphasize how important that they should get to bed. It might help to reiterate the benefits of sleep and what the lack of enough sleep can do to a person’s health.
Create a routine and adhere strictly to it
It is incredibly easy for us, humans, to develop habits. Some of these, such as sleeping, are quite beneficial, most especially children. There should be a pre-bedtime ritual which the children must observe every day of the school year. This routine should not change during the summer holidays. It will make it easy when they resume school to otherwise adjust to the new situation.
Control your kids’ sleep environment
You should set your children’s bedroom in a way that will allow them to fall asleep as soon as they get tucked into bed. The lights should be turned off, and thermostat turned down. It has been proven that the darker a room is, the better sleep a person gets. Keep the home temperature between 68 to 72 degrees.
Make sure their sleep zone is healthy
A comfortable sleep area is one with a great mattress. For your children to sleep healthily, ensure their mattress is allergen-free, comfortable and supportive. Make use of mattress encasements to block allergens and to also prevent your child from ruining the mattress while sleeping.
Summer should be a time to relax. While adjusting sleeping patterns could be a lot of work, it will pay off with time. There are a lot of benefits that come with sleeping well and getting your children used to it will be of immense benefits to them throughout their lives.