Tips on sleep

After a few months of lockdown and home schooling, you and your family might be struggling to keep to a regular sleep schedule. We all know that it’s really important that everyone gets enough sleep, especially children!

Studies have shown that children who get the recommended amount of sleep have improved memory, attention, behaviour and mental health, whilst those who do not get enough sleep are at risk of developing high blood pressure, obesity and poor mental health.

Getting your children to sleep for the adequate amount of time is not always easy, but forget about counting sheep, we’ve put together a list of top tips for sleep:

  • Limit screen-use in the bedroom
  • Give yourself a break from screens 2 hours before bed
  • Exercise more regularly for better sleep (but not right before bed)
  • Cut out the caffeine, especially late in the day
  • Avoid long weekend lie-ins
  • Reduce long naps, if you need to nap, try not to do so for longer than 30 minutes
  • Create a good routine that you stick to

How much sleep do you need?

Why not have a look at Sleep Station, a website created by the NHS to help people who struggle with their sleeping
habits.

It is a really useful tool that could make all the difference to you and your family’s sleep: Sleepstation – sleep improvement & insomnia course