GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)- Back to school time means back to bedtime routines for most families. Chances are the kids have gotten to go to bed a little later with the summer sunshine peaking in their windows. Now is the time to start getting your little ones ready for back to school by easing them in to a sleep routine. Research shows that elementary age students need on average 10-11 hours of sleep per night. As they get older teens require roughly 8 to 9 hours.
So how to do you start the sleep transition? Here’s my best advice.
-START EARLY. Inch up that bedtime a little bit every day until you reach your target time.
-UNPLUG. Put away the electronics earlier. Having kids put down the IPad, phone, video games ect. earlier will make a big difference in helping them get to sleep earlier.
-ROUTINE. Reestablish the night routine. Get in the bath or shower routine followed by PJ’s, snack and bed. Whichever order you choose create a routine and stick to it.
-BE FIRM: Set a bedtime and stick to it.