“Summer slide” is what experts call the slow down children experience in their reading and math progress during the summer months. Without school, some kids are not forced to practice their skills, making them fall behind.
Experts are saying that this goes the same for children’s sleep. Without the need to get up at a specific time in the morning, kids tend to sleep a lot later than what they’re used to. If they’re not capable of sleeping in, they’ll surely incur some serious sleep debt over the course of their vacation.
Because sleep is essential for kids’ development, make sure that your little ones are getting ample zzz’s even during the summer months. To do this, here are a few tips.
Enforce a Consistent Bedtime
Enforcing a bedtime, even when they don’t really have to get up early the next day, is a must. Some parents tend to become more lax during the summer vacation since kids don’t really have to go to school the next morning. If you’re letting them stay up late, make sure they get to sleep in a bit in the morning or at least they take naps.
It’s a common trend for some parents to wake their kids up early in the morning during the summer for no reason at all, mostly just to punish them for staying up late. If you’re worried about your kids’ health, though, please refrain from doing this. If you want to make them do chores, they can always do the ones that aren’t exactly time-sensitive and if they do, make sure to let them take naps afterward – even those teenagers of yours. This way, you can still be sure that they get the ample zzz’s they need.
Monitor their Schedule
It’s also essential to get them back on track on their school day sleep routine a few weeks before they go back to school. This way, they won’t have to feel sluggish on their first few school weeks because their sleep schedule is still out of whack. Getting them to follow their regular bed and wake up times at least two weeks before their classes start will help them perform better in the new school year right off the bat.
Kids may seem resilient and energetic at all times but it doesn’t mean that they don’t need sleep. In fact, they actually need more zzz’s than you do, so don’t expect them to sleep just an hour or two during their summer vacation. Make sure to help them get ample sleep, otherwise, their sleep debt will impact their development negatively and affect their performance in school.