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Tips for Developing Healthy Bedtime Routines

In many American homes, the typical bedtime routine for children is: dinner, bath, TV, bed. As discussed in our two previous posts, watching television before bedtime increases children’s sleep problems. Researchers postulate that the quickly-changing images on television screens may … Continue reading

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How to Develop a Family Bedtime Routine

In our last post we talked about the importance of developing a family bedtime routine and the challenge that can present when the children in a family have different sleep requirements. Children thrive on consistency. Routine provides a rhythm to their … Continue reading

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New Babies Often Shove One Parent Out of Bed

Baby makes three but many new parents are finding that there’s often only room in the bed for two. Lack of sleep forces 1 in 10 parents to stop sharing a bed and start sleeping apart, at least until their … Continue reading

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Video Games Disrupt Teens’ Sleep

Video games interfere with how much sleep teens get and how well they sleep. Computer games have a similar negative impact on teens’ sleep. But television, long assumed to be a major cause of morning yawns in high school classrooms, … Continue reading

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Circadian Rhythm Affects Sleep Cycle

Sleep regulates the body and mind. If you get the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep at night, you feel mentally alert and physically energetic the next day. If you get too little sleep, you feel dull and sluggish. … Continue reading

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More Tips for Getting Your Child to Stay in Bed

Nothing ruins an otherwise pleasant evening like a bedtime meltdown. When children refuse to go to sleep or won’t stay in bed, bedtime can turn into a battle of wills that agitates children and frustrates adults. The result can be … Continue reading

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Tips for Getting Your Child to Stay in Bed

Establishing a bedtime routine takes time and patience, as pointed out in our previous post. Getting your child into bed is only half the battle. It’s the nightly struggle to keep your little jack-in-the-box in bed that parents find most … Continue reading

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Tips for Creating a Restful Bedtime Routine

It can be difficult for children to settle down and go to sleep. Creating a quiet, relaxing bedtime routine and following it consistently will signal your child’s body and mind to prepare for sleep so your child gets the rest … Continue reading

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How Much Sleep Does Your Child Need?

As every parent knows, too little sleep makes a child cranky, tired, whiny and generally unpleasant to be around. Children’s sleep needs vary by age, but individual differences, activity level, illness, family stress and other issues can affect a child’s … Continue reading

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