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Healthier Sleep in Children
- Have your child go to bed at the same time every night.
- Your child should have an age-appropriate nap schedule.
- Establish a consistent, positive bedtime routine (this can include brushing teeth, songs, bedtime stories).
- The bedroom should be sleep friendly– cool, dark, and quiet.
- Encourage your child to fall asleep independently.
- Your child should avoid bright light at bedtime and during the night, and increase light exposure in the morning.
- Have your child avoid heavy meals and vigorous exercise close to bedtime.
- Keep all electronics, including screens out of the child’s bedroom and limit the use of screens before bedtime.
- Your child should avoid caffeine and chocolate.
- Have your child keep a regular daily schedule, including consistent mealtimes.