Summer might not be over but it’s back to school season already. Aside from shopping for everything you need for your child, there is one more thing you should add to your to do list: sleep. Specifically, you need to ensure children have good sleeping habits and get the rest they need.
Don´t know where to start? Through our partnership with Baptist Health South Florida we have these great sleep tips.
Why sleep is important
For the most part, adults 18 and older need about 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night to avoid health issues, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). Teenagers, believe it or not, need a little more sleep: 8 to 10 hours. And children ages 6-13 need from 9 to 11 hours. Since summertime bedtimes are much more relaxed, early wake up times can come as a shock to children and adults.
The NSF recommends implementing earlier bedtimes two weeks before school starts, and also waking up kids earlier as well. That should help with the transition once school starts.
For more great health and sleep tips, make sure to check out Baptist Health South Florida’s blog.
Disclosure: this post is part of a sponsored collaboration with Baptist Health South Florida but all opinions are my own.