When I was on a long vacation, most people slept later than usual, so they often overslept in the morning. But for children who are going to take a vacation, it is necessary to get into the habit of going to bed early and getting up early.
Has the child slept enough?
In order to figure out this problem, you can ask yourself the following four questions:
- Does he have to call three or four times every morning to get up?
- Is he tired all day long?
- Does your child choose to sleep or go out on weekends?
If the answer to the above question is yes, then there is no doubt that the child is not getting enough sleep.
What effect does lack of sleep have on children?
- Too little sleep can cause many behavioral problems, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and mood swings.
- Some studies have always believed that even a slight lack of sleep may make children’s academic performance unsatisfactory, their concentration is difficult to concentrate, and the test and overall school performance is not satisfactory.
- Insufficient sleep can also lead to poor eating habits and obesity.
School-age children need 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night, and many children can only sleep 7 to 8 hours a night – or even less.
The reason is that some parents themselves lack adequate sleep, so they feel that “sleeping is not enough” is normal, not a problem, and they don’t realize that children will sleep too little.
How to help children develop healthy sleep habits?
- Guarantee a minimum of 10 to 11 hours of sleep per day.
- Fixed schedule. Even on weekends, children’s sleep time and wake-up time should not change for more than 30 to 45 minutes.
- Let the child get up regularly a few days before the end of the holiday, or go to bed a little earlier. Try to sleep 15 to 20 minutes early every day until the normal schedule is adjusted after the holiday.
- Cultivate a bedtime activity that calms your child and sleeps peacefully, even for older children.
- Turn off the electronic device at least 60 minutes before bedtime.
- Try not to give your child a drink containing caffeine and sugar.
- For your child to be fully active during the day, it is best to have at least an hour of physical activity, which is helpful for sleep.
- Parents must first lead by example in order to make children develop good habits.
How to spend the rush morning?
The children will always be busy in the morning when they go to school. In order not to let the morning get in a hurry, it is best to plan ahead.
Go through the morning with your child, make sure you have enough time to get dressed, have breakfast, and walk out of the house.
You can do some things in the morning one night in advance, such as packing lunch in advance, preparing school uniforms, packing school bags, and preparing to leave at any time.
In addition, there may be a problem when giving your child sleep habits. Many children have difficulty sleeping at some point in childhood, which is a normal phenomenon during development. However, some of them will suffer from “sleep disorders”, which requires timely medical attention.
These conditions need to see a doctor
If you have enough sleep, but the child still has the following problems, you may need to take him to the hospital to see:
- The child is too fearful or anxious before going to sleep;
- After the child is asleep, the snoring is great or the sleep is affected by snoring;
- Woke up often at night;
- After 5 years old, still have bedwetting at night (may be enuresis) ;
- Despite the adequate amount of sleep, the day is still groggy.