Bedtime calculator makes it simple to make sure your kids get enough sleep
Quick, what's the most difficult part of the day?
For a lot of parents, it's bedtime. The kids are tired and cranky, you're tired and cranky and you just want the kids to go to sleep already!
Plus, especially during the school year, it can be difficult to know if the kids are getting the proper amount of sleep.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine can help with that. The organization has put together a handy bedtime calculator, which takes into account a child's age and the time he must get up in the morning. After you plug in that information, you'll see what time your child should be in bed (asleep!) every evening. Then, since you know your child and his habits best (including how long it typically takes for him to finally fall asleep), you'll be able to plan the optimal bedtime routine.
According to the Academy, that routine should include at least 30 minutes of wind-down time. Some of the key recommendations for allowing your child's (and your own) mind to relax?
- A warm bath or shower
- No electronics for at least 30 minutes before bedtime, depending on age
- A bedtime story, cuddle or song
- A dark room