Healthy Sleep Creates Happy Families

Good sleep is crucial to maintaining a good attitude for parents and being able to learn for children. According to…. SleepEducation.org link: http://www.sleepeducation.org/essentials-in-sleep/healthy-sleep-habits states that “healthy sleep habits are a cornerstone of cognitive behavioral therapy.”


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They share these 13 tips to establish healthy sleeping habits:

  1. Keep a consistent sleep schedule. Get up at the same time every day, even on weekends or during vacations.

  2. Set a bedtime that is early enough for you to get at least 7 hours of sleep.

  3. Don’t go to bed unless you are sleepy.

  4. If you don’t fall asleep after 20 minutes, get out of bed.

  5. Establish relaxing bedtime rituals.

  6. Use your bed only for sleep and sex.

  7. Make your bedroom quiet and relaxing. Keep the room at a comfortable, cool temperature.

  8. Limit exposure to light in the evenings.

  9. Don’t eat a large meal before bedtime. If you are hungry at night, eat a light, healthy snack.

  10. Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet.

  11. Avoid consuming caffeine in the late afternoon or evening.

  12. Avoid consuming alcohol before bedtime.

  13. Reduce your fluid intake before bedtime.

One of our favorite websites, Understood.org, provides some great tips for sleeping that are specific to teenagers, grade-schoolers and kids with ADHD. We all know that a well-rested child will learn new information easier. And a well-rested parent can handle difficult situations easier.

9 Steps for Getting Your Grade-Schooler on a Healthy Sleep Schedule

8 Steps to Getting Your Tween or Teen on a Healthy Sleep Schedule

How ADHD Affects Kids’ Sleep—and What You Can Do

At a Glance: 4 Ways Sleep Problems Can Affect How Kids Learn

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