Most adults need 8 hours of sleep per night, although some people require more or less. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, try going to bed later than usual. Avoid using electronic devices before bed, including your computer, phone, or television. Staying in bed with an open laptop or other device is another big distraction that can disrupt sleep. Find a relaxing technique before bedtime. If you’re still wide awake after a busy day, try to establish a buffer zone before bedtime.
It’s important to avoid alcohol and caffeine close to bedtime, which can interfere with sleep. Avoid taking long naps during the day, and limit the amount of caffeine you consume. And don’t set your alarm too close to bedtime–if possible, at least two hours before bedtime. Likewise, don’t eat or drink anything within six hours of bedtime. Even a small snack will usually do the trick.
Developing good sleep habits requires consistent sleep schedules. For best results, try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. A regular schedule helps your body regulate its circadian rhythm, which determines how much sleep you need. Avoid late night parties and irregular sleep schedules. These habits can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. If you have trouble falling asleep, try adopting an exercise regimen. It will boost your sleep drive.
Developing good sleep habits can help your child’s physical and emotional health. Proper sleep helps your child focus, manage emotions, and learn. Children may get misdiagnosed with ADHD if they don’t get enough sleep. Fortunately, there are a lot of ways to encourage healthy sleep habits in your child. So, what are you waiting for? Give them a healthy start by practicing these habits. They’ll thank you for it!