Back to School Sleep Schedule!

It's that time of year again! Kids are going back to school and it's time to start waking up early. But if you're anything like me, waking up before the sun is out is a tedious task that shouldn't be taken lightly. If you're not careful, the fifteen alarms you set will be going off long before the first bell of the year - so how can you set yourself (and your kids) up for success this school year? Keep reading for a few tips on how to create a back to school sleep schedule that will work!

Lack of sleep = behavior problems

Not getting enough sleep will most definitely affect your impulse control, along with a whole slew of other problems. These issues are especially visible in children and teenagers with common behavior problems such as:

  • Social Withdrawal

  • Mood Swings

  • Irritability

These issues can make it harder for kids to learn and participate in groups that will be crucial for their development.

Lack of sleep = academic issues

A lack of sleep will affect the way that your brain processes memory and how you learn new information. Studies show that lower test scores are a product of a lack of sleep as-well-as hindering a child's focus in school. Bottom line is that, without enough high-quality sleep, your children wont be able to perform at the best of their ability and will ultimately slow down their success.

Lack of sleep = higher health risks

Sleep patterns that we develop as kids set the stage for how we sleep (and the health we have) throughout our lives. Studies have concluded that a lack of sleep is associated with:

  • High blood pressure

  • cardiovascular disease

  • type 2 diabetes

But it's not just physical health that can be put at risk, it's a child's mental health, too! There is research to back up that when a child has a lack of sleep, they're more likely to develop some type of emotional disorder such as depression or anxiety.

So what's the plan?

Now that you've heard all of the facts, we need a game plan for the new school year!

Plan ahead: Each stage of childhood and adolescence is different, which means that each stage would have different sleep needs!

  • Pre-schoolers: 10-13 hours a night.

  • Grade-schoolers: 9-11 hours a night.

  • Teenagers: 8-10 hours a night.

Create a resonable bedtime and wakeup time: This is a hard one because everyones schedule is different, but realistically, if your child needs to be at school by 7am, you'll need to determine how much time you need to get them up, dressed, fed, and ready to go. Also, depending on where you live in correlation to their school(s) you'll need to leave enough room to get them out the door and dropped off on time. We recommend setting up this schedule two weeks to a month prior to their first day of school.

Don't just start right away: It's easy to assume that your child will adjust quickly to their new schedule, but that isn't necessarily true. Gradually adjust their sleep and wakeup time accordingly and remember: it's never too late to start!

It's TOXIC TUESDAY! Our challenge to you this week is "HAPPY SLEEPING" This will be helpful even if you don't have kids, but especially if you do, write down a few ways that you can start adjusting your sleep schedule to get a good (and restful) night's sleep! Don't forget to tag us on Instagram @toxicoapparel and use #toxictuesdaychallenge ! Happy sleeping, friends!

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