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What’s the big deal about bedtimes?

Children require more sleep than adults because of their growing bodies. Sleep deprivation in children has been linked to potentially serious health issues including anxiety, depression, immunity problems, diabetes, ADHD and obesity. Follow these bedtime tips to make sure your child gets enough sleep.

  • An important part of a child’s healthy sleep is a bedtime routine. Relaxing nighttime rituals, such as reading a story or taking a bath, can help make it easier for a child to get to sleep at a certain time.
  • Allow them to sleep with a bedtime companion for comfort, like a blanket or stuffed animal.
  • Avoid over-stimulating play activities before bedtime, limit the amount of caffeine your child consumes and don’t allow a computer or TV in your child’s bedroom.
  • Lights out can be at different times for different children in the family, depending on the child’s age and how much sleep he or she needs.