Back to School, Back to Sleep
Fixing your children's sleep problems may improve their grades and their behavior.
What Can I Do? Think Sleep! continued...
Talk with you child. Just taking the time to ask some of the right questions
can go a long way. If there is a problem, discuss it and make a plan agreeable
to all. Include detailed targeted behavior changes and rewards.
With your child in school during the day and with after-school activities
and part-time jobs for many, it is critical to talk with teachers, coaches,
bosses, etc. to see if your child is exhibiting any signs of sleep deprivation.
This may involve you taking some time to educate the educators.
Teach your child good sleep habits, also known as "sleep
- Establish sleep-healthy bedtimes, bedtime routines, habits, and diets. If
late bedtimes are an issue, try ticking back bedtimes in 15 minute increments
every night or other night until you get to a bedtime where your child wakes up
easily and refreshed.
- Identify and reduce as much daytime stress as possible.
- Limit TV and other "screen time" (computers, video games),
especially at bedtime, and do not put a TV in your child's bedroom: children
with a TV in their room tend to go to bed later and get less sleep than those
without, and those kids who get less sleep are more likely to spend 2 or more
hours watching TV.
As in everything in life, do your best to be consistent and ask for help. Do
not hesitate to call your doctor or sleep specialist. It's too important not