With just a couple of weeks to go before most kids’ summer vacation ends, it’s just about the best time to start adjusting their bedtime to help them get up in the morning more easily. While it would have been best if their bedtimes weren’t pushed back during the summer months, you can still make amends by enforcing a stricter bedtime for the next two or three weeks so they won’t have to suffer from grogginess on their first day back in school.
Earlier bedtimes mean that your child can get their recommended 8-10 hours of zzz’s and still wake up early for school. This will be a struggle, however, as most kids will want to savor the last few weeks of their freedom with late nights and sleeping in, but you have to be firm. Sleep deprivation can hold your child back from performing well in school so you have to do your part in making sure that your child won’t experience such.
Of course, there’s also the fact that correcting a late bedtime can already be more difficult once there are homework and school activities to tend to. If your kid has to spend up to 6 hours completing their assignments and projects, forcing them to go to bed earlier might not be productive. Aside from the fact that they might not be sleepy yet, they can also be too anxious to fall asleep right away anyway so you still won’t get the best results from doing such.
These are just some of the best reasons why you should start enforcing earlier bedtimes as soon as tonight. Two weeks will be a great period to get their body clocks readjusted so they will have ample energy to take on the many challenges they’ll face in school.
To help you get started in adjusting your little one’s bedtime, here are some tips that you should try out:
Don’t Be Drastic
If your child has been used to sleeping at 10 PM for the past two months, you can’t just make them go to bed at 8 PM right away. This won’t be too fruitful for everyone involved. Take their bedtime adjustment one step at a time. For example, for this week, start moving their bedtime routine at 8:30 PM so they can be in bed by 9. Cutting out
For example, for this week, start moving their bedtime routine at 8:30 PM so they can be in bed by 9. Cutting down their caffeine and sweets consumption before nighttime is important as well so the effects can already dwindle down by the time they need to be in bed.
Consistency is essential to building good habits in kids and for a better sleep hygiene. You can’t make your child go to bed early tonight and then take them out tomorrow ’til late in the evening for some family bonding. Be consistent so your child’s body clock can really get attuned to your child’s routine needs.
Don’t negotiate. Your child will always see this as a means to get what they want and they will use it on you relentlessly every time you say no. It’s important to stay firm when it comes to bedtimes as these things aren’t the easiest to execute to begin with.
Make Earlier Bedtimes a Family Effort
It’s important that you and your spouse (and other adults in the household) are united in helping your child sleep earlier. Because routine is key to a healthy bedtime’s success, everyone should be in on the plan if you want your child to sleep earlier. Their grandmas or titas shouldn’t act on a whim and take them out even when they’re already about to fall asleep.
Adjusting your child’s bedtime will be a challenge, so you have to be ready to help them through the next few weeks. Things will be better, however, for everyone if they get enough zzz’s by the time they’re back in school so it’s definitely all worth it.