Children and Sleep: Ten Ways to Ensure Your Kids Get Shut-Eye

We now know more than ever about the science behind tired teens and that all tired brains suffer in school. Sleep difficulties also lead to cranky kids.

How do we face the sleep thieves and help our kids get some shut-eye?

  • Know how much sleep is recommended for your child's age.
  • Create a bedtime routine that you keep consistent night after night (this is helpful for tweens and teens too! It just looks different).
  • Understand your teen's shifting sleeping pattern and let them catch up on a little sleep over the weekend.
  • Talk to your children and teens about why sleep is important for their health and happiness.
  • Create and enforce a 'technology curfew' where cell phones, laptops, and other digital devices are turned off and taken out of the bedroom.
  • Be especially aware of limiting violent media. Recent studies have shown that young children who watch violent media don't sleep as well at night.
  • Try to avoid screens for an hour before bedtime.
  • Encourage your kids to exercise. Exercise leads to better sleep!
  • Limit caffeine.
  • If your children are young, give them time to nap during the day.
  • Seek help if your child or teen snores, is sleepy during the day, or has ongoing sleep challenges.