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01/22/2015
Having the right amount of good-quality sleep is very important for your child’s development and school performance. While they sleep, growth hormones are produced and it also increases the attention span, helps to enhance memory and brings many other benefits. 

However, lack of sleep or poor quality sleep can have several negative effects. For this reason, at The Tutoring Center in Birmingham, we would like to share a few ideas that can be helpful to improve the quality of sleep of your children. 

Amount

The recommended amount of sleep for kindergartners and school aged children is about 10-13 hours. That’s why it’s important to create a regular bedtime and remember that naps can be important during this age to replenish the energy they need throughout the day.   

Environment

You should create a routine before bedtime to help your children set their mental attitude, like brushing their teeth, putting on their pajamas or even reading them a bedtime story. Make sure their mattress is in good condition and change their bedding regularly. Also, reduce noise in your home while your children are asleep and set their room temperature to 68 degrees to ensure they’re comfy.       

What to Avoid

There are certain things you should avoid prior to bedtime, such as serving large meals or giving your child too much to drink. Don’t forget that several studies have found that  the light emitted by screen displays like cell phones or television can disrupt sleep, so prohibit their use in the hours before bed. 

These simple ideas can help your children get the rest they need to fulfill their school duties and other activities; if you notice they are constantly fatigued or are having problems staying awake or sleeping, make sure to visit your doctor. 

Also, be sure to read this previous post containing useful information to help your children manage their time, which is very important to help build routine and make the most of their day.

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