CRACK THE SCHOOL SLEEP ROUTINE
GETTING children back into a sleep routine as they return to school can prove a challenge — especially after the freedom of the summer holidays. Try the following tips to help:
› Keeping lights dim encourages your child’s body to produce the sleep hormone, melatonin.
› Encourage your child to read quietly or listen to some relaxing music, or read a story together. › A five-year-old needs about 11 hours a night, while a nine-year-old needs roughly ten hours.
› Avoid screens in the bedroom, such as tablets, smartphones, TVs and other electronic gadgets.
› Encourage your child to stop using screens an hour before bedtime.
› The bedroom should be well ventilated and kept at a temperature of about 18° Cto24 °C.