Summer is the most awaited time for our kids to relax from any school related stuff but not with a kid-friendly outdoor activity, summer fun, and learning workshops. Kids take advantage of summer as a perfect time to stay up late and wake up late. Parents are tempted to become lax on their kids’ sleep schedule but sticking to a fixed bedtime schedule helps your child stay healthy and in tip-top shape all summer long.
British researchers conducted a study comprising 7-year-old children and found that their behavior progresses as their sleep time became more regular than those kids who lack sleep.
How many hours of sleep is recommended for your child’s age? Some science-based guidelines can help determine the right amount of sleep your kids need to grow. The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) issued a recommendation for wider appropriate sleep duration for children.
Children ages 6-13 years old were advised to sleep 9-11 hours each night while teenagers need 8-10 hours of sleep each night. Quality sleep ensures your child will have a solid foundation for a proper mind and healthy body. Sleep deprivation often leads to irritability, hypertension, and headaches, making it more difficult for children to fall asleep.
For Moms and Dads out there, check out some of these helpful tips to keep your kid’s sleep routine on schedule this summer:
1. Make a sound quality sleep a priority.
The right amount of good night sleep is no less important than a good diet and regular exercise. Enough sleep affects the overall health of a child.
2. Keep a bedtime routine.
Starting up a bedtime routine helps a child to develop self-discipline at a very young age. Try a simple nighttime routine like bathing, brushing, or reading a book before bed.