The Sleep Radio Show

What a fantastic time we had yesterday with Dr. Kristen Hedger Archbold!  She is full of wisdom about the sleep of our families.  Be sure and listen to the archived show if you haven't already.

She gave her top five sleep tips for the new school year:

  1. Set a bedtime routine.  Help your kids establish a regular set of steps that happen prior to going to sleep.  This will help your child wind down and know what to expect every day. 
  2. Make your pre back-to-school days match the school schedule.  Before the first day of school, start making your waking and bedtime schedule match that of the school year. 
  3. Cut out the caffeine.  Caffeine after 3 p.m. can hinder sleep for both kids and adults.  And, caffeine can hide in places like green tea and chocolate.
  4. Establish a communication curfew.  Set a time for everyone in the house to turn off electronics - an hour prior to bedtime is recommended.  This means turning of the TV, computers, and even cell phones. 
  5. Watch your weekend schedule.  Don't mess up your sleep routine on the weekend.  Try to keep your wake-up and bedtime close to what it is during the weekend.  Suddenly staying up late and waking up early resets the body's internal clock.  Getting back in the swing on school on Monday is tough when this happens.
Listen to the show to learn more!

Other resources:
 I Slept Great  - good sleep information for all ages
My Daddy Snores - games and sleep news related to the best-selling book My Daddy Snores
National Sleep Foundation

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