Establish Good Sleep Hygiene
Making sure your children get enough sleep is a crucial part of keeping them healthy. In fact, studies show that missing sleep can impact kids in a number of ways. Lack of sleep can lead to poor concentration, obesity, depression, suicidal ideation, and injuries.
Not only is sleep an important part of a child’s physical and emotional health; it also can play a role in how well they do in school, too.10 And to make matters worse, research suggests that kids are sleeping less than they did years ago.
In fact, a meta-analysis of nearly 700,000 children from 20 different countries found that children’s sleep has decreased by 0.75 minutes per year over the past century, with the rate of change being greatest on school days.11
Getting adequate sleep also can prepare kids for the stresses they experience throughout the day—particularly at school. Keep in mind though that living through a pandemic may hinder or interfere with sleep. So, make sure you establish a schedule and stick to a bedtime.
Even older kids can benefit from having a set bedtime. Also, try to incorporate predictability into their schedules and give reassuring talks if stress or uncertainty is interfering with sleep.