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STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING YOUR KIDS' SLEEP

GO TO BED! We've heard it growing up and as parents we've heard ourselves say it time and time again. Why is getting your kids to go to sleep so important and difficult at the same time? Here are some tips for putting bedtime issues to rest and drifting easily into dreamland.



1. Talk to Your Kids and Professionals.


Talk to your kids about why they believe they have a hard time going to sleep. Talk with them about why getting good sleep is important. Try to understand where they're coming from. Talk to their doctor as well and see if there is anything medically that needs to be addressed. If your child is dealing with anxiety, depression, exhaustion, or other emotional needs, consider talking to a mental health professional. You can never have too much GOOD advice.


2. Strike a Programming Balance.


You want your kids to get lots of exercise and opportunities to expel some energy. You also do not want your kid over programmed where they can't fall asleep because they're worrying about this, that, or the other that they have going on during the week. Ensure that your kids have a healthy balance of activities and downtime so they are prepared for bed, but not worrying about all the upcoming activities.


3. Stick to a Routine.


Kids love a good routine. Stop screen time every night at the same time (at least during the week). Encourage your kiddos to read before bed. Be consistent with their bed times. The more you stick to a good routine, the more the children's brains will mentally prepare for sleep.


4. Create Sleep-Safe Environment.


Studies show kids fall asleep much better in a clean room. Perhaps your child needs a night light, or an eye mask, or a glass of water on the nightstand. It's okay for your kids to have differing needs than each other, or you. Whatever it is, make sure that you're helping to create a sleep-safe environment.

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