Wellbeing Tip

Dear Parents,

*If you are a parent whose line of work links with any form of wellbeing, please get in touch! I would love to have some guest entries from parents who can share their expertise. We have our first entry from a parent coming next week.*

The focus of this week’s tip is all around the importance of getting good sleep.

We often hear during our circle times how tired many of the children are feeling. Of course, after a long week with lots of hard work and activities, this is completely normal however sometimes this can be because the children are not getting enough quality sleep.

https://sleepcouncil.org.uk/category/children-teen-sleep/ – this blog contains some great posts on bedtimes and sleep for school age children.

Helpful hints to promote good sleep:

  • A wind down routine which involves no screen time. This is the same for adults too! The blue light from our screens does not aid good sleep as it overstimulates our brain and suppresses the important sleep hormone.
  • Dim lighting before bedtime is recommended.
  • A warm bath to settle down.
  • Meditation/mindfulness or sleep stories work brilliantly for some children. The Calm app I recently recommended has a whole array of sleep stories for children that can be listened to before bed.
  • Minimal noise in the bedroom and a quiet activity such as reading or being read to or listening to quiet music.
  • Ensuring children are receiving enough hours of sleep (a 9 year old should have around 10 hours sleep)

All of these seem very obvious things that you probably already do. The impact of not getting good enough sleep can be really detrimental to your child’s focus in school and more importantly, their overall health and wellbeing. All of these points are very relevant to us as adults too!

Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

Miss Barnes

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