These six tips from Dayton Children’s Pediatric Sleep Center will help your child get the rest he or she needs—even when dealing with a full schedule.
- Set aside 10 to 30 minutes before bedtime to do a quiet activity and wind down.
- Do not let children play, watch TV, talk on the phone or text, or listen to music in bed. Help them associate the bed with sleep.
- Maintain regular wake-up times, even on weekends.
- School-aged children should avoid naps longer than 20 minutes.
- Avoid caffeine at least four to six hours before bedtime.
- Keep lighting and noise to a minimum in a child’s room when they sleep.
The sleep center team at Dayton Children’s is dedicated to helping children with sleep-related problems improve the quality of their sleep and their overall health. For more information on the sleep clinic, visit the pediatric sleep center main page.
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