Early to bed, early to rise…

According to a familiar old saying, good things happen with a good night’s sleep.  For Clinton students to learn and achieve each day, sleep is a vital need.  Sleep promotes alertness, memory and performance.  Children who get enough sleep are less prone to behavioral problems and moodiness.  How much sleep should elementary school age children get?  The National Sleep Foundation recommends that children 5 – 10 years of age receive 10 – 11 hours of sleep each night.

Please help your children have the best opportunity for school success by teaching them good sleep habits.  To teach these habits, the Foundation provides parents with some tips.  The #1 tip for good sleeping habits in children is to follow a nightly routine.  A bedtime ritual makes it easier for your child to relax, fall asleep and sleep through the night.

Additional Tips:

  • Make bedtime the same time each night.
  • Make bedtime a positive and relaxing experience without TV or videos.  Television viewing prior to bed can lead to difficulty falling and staying asleep.  Save your child’s favorite relaxing, non-stimulating activities until last and have them occur in the child’s bedroom.
  • Keep the bedtime environment (e.g. light, temperature) the same all night long.
  • Be a good role model for your children.  Go to bed at a reasonable time and talk to them about the importance of sleep.

A good night’s sleep makes healthy and wise Clinton children.