go to sleep! Tips for getting back into a sleep routine for the new school year

Routine is a friend – The basic step that parents must take in order to harness the children to return to a healthy sleep routine throughout the school year, is to explain to them that this is a positive step, for their benefit. Maintaining the sleep routine during the school year will balance them, help them wake up refreshed for classes, and succeed in their studies.

Give reasons and explain – Children by nature are curious, always asking questions. Children are intelligent, so it is recommended to explain to them like adults, and they will understand when they receive logical reasons for the importance of sleep, and these will be a good reason for them to listen to the limits you set for them and get used to quality sleep of their own accord. It is worth including in the explanations actual things that benefit from sleep, such as improved performance in sports or the aspect of the importance of sleep for their growth and development.

less agree – The overarching recommendation regarding instilling healthy sleep habits for all ages is to reduce screen time. Especially with the children, who probably spent more time in front of the TV, the computer and the iPad during the summer months. Add this point to the explanation of the benefit of returning to routine.

Less agree, cuties. Bye bye cell phones, iPads, TV and computer (Photo: Ing Image)

Advance and gradual preparation – It is recommended to get the children back on track a few days before returning to school. Prefer a relaxing time at home, try to avoid sleeping with friends or entertaining friends, and it is recommended to make sure that each child sleeps around the time appropriate for his age (you can use the table of recommended sleeping hours for children).

Ben Hail’s clock ticked – In applying the renewed routine of healthy sleep throughout the school year, it is important not only to observe regular bedtimes and wake-up times as much as possible, but also to maintain stable times for meals, leisure, and household chores. As a result of following a routine throughout the day, it will be easier to manage the sleep routine. The process will probably be easier for children at tender ages, and precisely because of this, the sleep ritual, which is more essential at their age, should not be taken lightly. It is advisable to gradually return to conducting the ceremony at regular hours; Shower, dinner, story and any other part during it.

Ben Hail's clock ticked.  Back to the blessed routine (Photo: Ingeimage)Ben Hail’s clock ticked. Back to the blessed routine (Photo: Ingeimage)

Joining forces – Most of all, for the success of the process, it is important that the parents be synchronized and take a uniform line. They must avoid creating situations of “but mom allows TV”, or “dad gave us up on a shower yesterday”. If, as parents, an uneven angle is presented, it may spoil the attachment of the children to the joint family process.

Back to the frames – After a long vacation, it is recommended to prepare in advance several days before. Similar to the days of changing the clock, it is useful to re-instill sleeping habits into a routine that we missed. Here too, it is worth explaining to the children the importance of sleeping properly before returning to the settings. It is recommended to use the table of recommended bedtimes and sleep times by age.

Don’t forget to praise – Does the child show willingness and progress in the process of learning sleep habits? It is important not to spare him compliments. Positive feedback will increase motivation to continue and show that learning is worth the effort, and that it is worthwhile to sleep early and go to bed alone. This tip, by the way, applies to everything in life. Children need reinforcements to develop.

Avi Bersset, CEO and owner of Hollandia and three of his four books (Photo: Yehcat)Avi Bersset, CEO and owner of Hollandia and three of his four books (Photo: Yehcat)

*Avi Barset, CEO and owner of Hollandia, also serves as the representative of the World Sleep Organization in Israel. Barset has published four books with the aim of making the information accessible to the general public, the latest of which is: Children, now to sleep! which was defined as a “must book in every home” by Prof. Amos Rolider, distributed for free at the points of sale or on the website Netherlands With shipping fees only.

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