Guidelines for Your Child's Bedtime
How to Make It Easier for Your Child (and You!) to Get Sound Sleep
Having a child in the bed with you may also have serious effects on your intimacy and sex life. Leaving your child with a sitter may become an issue as well. The longer the child sleeps in your bed, the more difficult it becomes to decide exactly when he or she should stop and eventually move into his own room. Sleeping separately is also important to help a child learn to separate without anxiety and form his or her own identity.
10. One last thing. Kids will always have that one last thing -- kisses, hugs, a drink of water, using the bathroom. They can be quite inventive. Do your best to anticipate all this and get it done before getting in bed. And let your child know that once they are in bed, they have to stay in bed.
The National Sleep Foundation has produced a comic-book style activity booklet for children ages 7-10 to explore the benefits of sleep and its relation to health, safety, learning, and productivity. The NSF also has a sleep diary for school-aged children, who may enjoy recording the caffeinated beverages they drink, their bedtime routine, hours of sleep, and amount of energy they have for seven days and nights. The diary also contains a full page of tips and facts to help children establish lifelong positive sleep habits. See www.sleepforkids.org to learn more.