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Up And At’Em: Making Sure Your Child Is Well Rested For The Day Ahead

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

If you think it’s any easier for your kids to get up in the morning than it is for you, think again. At lest you can look forward to your trusted cup (or two or three) of enthusiasm and personality to get your day going, all your child can rely on is his or her own energy and adrenaline.

According to the experts, children you have difficulty getting up in the morning may not be getting enough sleep. In fact, recent research reveals that 26 percent of preschoolers and 13 percent of school-age children experience sleepiness or overtiredness during the day. And, according to the professionals, tired children are likely to be less attentive, and less ready, willing, and able to learn. Not to mention that they can be generally more irritable and cranky. The best solution for both you and your child/children is making sure they are well rested by following these simple steps.

1. Implement A Routine: Establish routines and rituals that your child is expected to carry out every night before going to bed. From bathing to brushing their teeth and hair, designating some time for reading or watching a special show, they have to be told and taught what the “get ready for bed” procedure is and how it will be carried out.

2. Set A Specific Bedtime: Except for weekends, holidays and summer vacation, your child should know that he or she is expected to have all their homework, chores, etc. complete and be ready for bed by a designated time. Experts note, that going to bed at the same time each night ensures not only a good nights rest, but also helps your child get tired and fall asleep more easily when it is bedtime.

3. Dim All The Lights: Well before the official “lights out” it’s important to calm the body and brain by dimming the lights (perhaps throughout the house). Keep in mind that the body’s sleep-wake cycle is regulated by light….so, dim the light early enough to get your child’s mind and body ready for sleep.

4. Caffeine Withdrawal: Caffeine, as you probably well know is a stimulant, and the LAST thing your child needs before calling it a night. The best way to keep your child from winding up when he or she should be winding down is by avoiding any caffeinated beverages or chocolate late in the da

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