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During “normal” times, prior to COVID-19, parents would be preparing for their children to go back to school this time of the year. A big part of that preparation would be adjusting sleep schedules back to a school schedule. Education and school have drastically changed in this “new normal” and good sleep habits are now more important than ever.

* Children 3 to 5 years old need 10-13 hours of sleep (including naps) per night
* Children 6 to 12 years old need 9-12 hours of sleep per night
* Teenagers 13 to 18 years old need 8-10 hours of sleep per night

Here are some simple tips to improve your child’s sleep:

* Make sleep a priority in your family
* Set appropriate and consistent bedtimes
* Create a plan for when your child should use electronic devices in the bedroom.

And parents cannot forget to take care of themselves as well. It’s essential that adults get proper rest and need 7 or more hours of sleep per night on a regular basis.

Sleep well! If you or your child is experiencing sleep issues, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Dexter’s office, and we may be able to help!