Bedtime routines: Tips for older children and teens
A good sleep routine is important for children of all ages. They need a good night’s sleep to function well in their daily lives - from school to sports to just playing with their friends. Here are a few tips on ways to ensure that your kids are getting the rest they need each night.
Helping Your Older Children Get a Good Night’s Sleep
- A night time routine is still helpful. Sleep is just as important when kids get older.
- Anything with a "screen" will make it harder for them to sleep. It’s best to turn off the TV, computer or video games at least 30 minutes before going to bed. This includes cell phones.
- Make it a condition of their cell phone use that they aren’t allowed to text or respond to texts 30 minutes before bed. After all, your kids are on your plan and you pay the bills.
- Resist the temptation to let your children have a TV in their room. TVs can disrupt sleep patterns.
- Reading is a great activity for winding down. When they are younger, you can read to them. As they get older, encourage them to read on their own.
- Cell phones should not be charged in a child’s room – even when they are teenagers.
About the Author
Dr. Springer provides health care for children from birth through childhood and adolescence. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of ailments specific to young people as well as minor injuries, infectious diseases and immunizations. She also has a special medical interest in allergy and asthma. Dr. Springer is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.
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