A good night’s sleep is a cornerstone of good health. For kids, habits
learned in childhood will impact their sleep for life. Set your kids up
for successful sleep by establishing healthy habits that they can carry
with them into adulthood. In addition to choosing the right
beds and mattresses for your kids, these tips will also help.
Stick to a Schedule
A sleep schedule is an important part of helping your kids get the rest
they need. Set a bedtime and wake-up time for your kids that you stick
to every day of the week. This will help them fall asleep easier each
night and wake up feeling rested. Resist the urge to change the schedule
on the weekends or school vacations, which will interfere with your kids’
restfulness and can cause disordered sleep once you return to the schedule.
Embrace a Nighttime Routine
Teach your kids to get into the habit of a routine that helps them wind
down before bed. Your kids may wish to lie in bed and read, listen to
music quietly, or take a bath in this time. During the pre-bed ritual,
ban your kids from watching TV, gaming, or using the computer, which will
wake their minds up and make it more difficult to sleep.
Set the Stage
Kids’ bedrooms should be comfortable, relaxing environments. Choose
supportive mattresses and cozy bedding, so that your kids look forward
to getting into bed. Although sending kids to their rooms as punishment
is common, it’s better to punish your kids in other ways, so that
the bedroom is not associated with anything negative. This will prevent
your kids from associating bed and sleep with being in trouble.
Mancini’s Sleepworld has a large selection of
kids’ furniture and mattresses that are right for young sleepers. Visit one of our 33
locations to get everything you need for your kids’ bedrooms, or
call (800) 647-5337 to find out more about our selection.