Establish a good sleep routine
Sleep is essential to children’s performance in school. Preschoolers should get an average of 11 to 13 hours of sleep each night, and school-age children up to Grade 5 should get about 10 hours, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Children who don’t get enough sleep risk being overtired and underperforming at school.
Although the days are longer in the summer, it may be a good time to get kids to bed earlier weeks before the start of the school year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers some tips on how to develop a good sleep habit, which can be tailored to children:
Put children to bed at the same time each night, and rise at the same time each morning.
Have children sleep in a quiet, dark, and relaxing environment, which is neither too hot nor too cold.
Make their bed comfortable and use it only for sleeping and not for other activities, such as reading, watching TV, or listening to music.
Remove all TVs, computers, and other “gadgets” from the bedroom