6 Sleep Hacks for a Smooth Transition Back to School
Staying up late, sleeping in, and much too much screen time …
Summer is winding down, and now is the time to get the kids back to a regular sleep schedule to start out the school year well.
- End of the Day Routine
Our bodies thrive on routine. Start winding down at least 30 minutes before your goal bedtime. This can include setting clothes out for the next day, a warm bath with Epsom salt, a thorough hygiene routine, and story time before snuggling up under the covers.
- Set Bedtime
This is helpful for both you and your children. Setting a reasonable bedtime is the key to getting appropriate and adequate sleep. Having a regular bedtime (even on the weekends) helps your body known when to wind down and when to rise. This makes both processes easier on your mind and your body.
- Set Wake-up Time
Wake-up time is just as important as bedtime. Try to get up at the same time every morning, with a morning routine. First, drink some water. Then exercise or stretch. Get dressed, eat some breakfast, and brush your teeth before heading into a new day.
- No Screens Before Bed
If possible, avoid screen time two hours before bedtime. This includes phones, tablets, computers, and the television. Instead, end your day by going for a walk, playing a game, reading, or engaging in a relaxing nighttime routine.
- Chill Out
The best sleep space is one that is a chilly 65-75 degrees. Cool the room with a fan or A/C if possible, then get cozy with comfy jammies and blankets.
- Calm Environment
The best way to get sound sleep is by having a calm environment. Create a space with sheets that makes your kiddos happy and feel soft. Get the room glowing with a salt lamp, diffuse some lavender oil, and snuggle up.