How to Get More Sleep as a Student
It’s the start of September, the leaves turning, the apples ready to be picked, and school beginning anew. Whether you’re in college finishing a degree, or helping your little ones get ready for their big day, you may not be thinking about the most important school supply: a most comfortable bed from NECTAR. Getting the right amount of sleep is so important to a developing mind. Take these stats on sleep breakdowns for how much nightly sleep your child should be getting.
3-6 years old: 10-12 hours per night
7-12 years old: 10-11 hours per night
12-18 years old: 8-9 hours per night
It’s no secret that it can be kind of hard adjusting to a school sleep schedule after the summer months (yes, even if they are sleeping on the most comfortable bed around, NECTAR). So what do you do to gear your kids up for a night sleeping in the most comfortable bed? We’ve come up with some tips and tricks to get even the most antsy schoolkids ready for some solid Z’s.
Don’t Start All At Once
It may seem obvious, but sleep schedules are sensitive. If you’ve been letting the kids stay up until ten pm, then they won’t necessarily be able to drift off at 8 PM, just because school starts the next day. Here’s the solution: gradually roll back their bedtime. Don’t start it all at once. Try 9:30 for a couple days, then 9, then 8:30, etc. The gradual change will help your child’s body adjust. And it will make sleeping in the most comfortable bed seem less like a chore, and more like the pleasure that it is!
Find The Routine That Works and Stick to it
It’s not just enough to establish a consistent bedtime. It’s also super important to find the routine that’s right for you. Having an established routine is a good way to let your child know on an emotional and physical level that it’s time to wind down. Maybe it goes, bath time, reading, meditation, bed, or maybe throw in a little music time. It really doesn’t matter what the routine is, just as long as you’re consistent. Remember that kids actually need routine and boundaries. That means during the day, and also when they’re gearing down for sleep on the most comfortable bed.
Banish the Electronics
It may seem fun to let your kids play around on your phone, or watch their favorite show on their tablet before going to bed, but all that blue light can really wreak havoc with a kid’s sense of sleep time. Blue light is an enemy of sleep and should be limited at all costs. Instead of doing that, try adding a nice long reading segment to your bedtime routine. Not only will this get rid of blue light, it’ll be a great time to socialize with your child and create memories that will last a lifetime. There’s nothing better than being read to while you’re safely tucked into the most comfortable bed around.
As always, NECTAR offers a great mattress for kids or adults. Our memory foam mattresses are made with only the best materials, and at a reasonable price point, you can afford them for the whole family! Happy sleeping.