How can we ensure our children get enough sleep?
The Sleep Health Foundation has four tips for a good night’s sleep that apply to students.
1. Have a regular sleep pattern
Decide on a bed time. It may seem obvious, but establishing a time to go to bed is an excellent way for students to sleep on time and create a healthy routine. It might also be useful to set an alarm as a reminder that it’s time to go to sleep.
2. Spend the right amount of time in bed
As mentioned earlier, children should be getting about eight-to-ten hours of sleep a night. Parents can encourage them to aim for this amount of time to improve their concentration levels at school.
3. A bed is for sleeping
When in bed the mind needs to be focused on sleeping and not on Facebook, a TV programme or homework. Being mentally active and around artificial light will have a negative impact on being able to sleep deeply. Ensure your children don’t have distractions next to them when they get into bed so they can get a proper night's rest.
4. Wind down and relax before going to bed
Performing a winding down ritual to relax can be very useful. This is different for each person and can include taking a shower, some light reading or a meditation exercise. Encourage your children to perform a wind down ritual before they go to bed every night so that it becomes part of their regular routine.