Sleep tips for children

When helping your child get to sleep, these guidelines might help:

■ Set a regular time for bed each night and stick to it.

■ Establish a relaxing bedtime routine, such as having your child take a warm bath or reading him or her a story.

■ Make after-dinner playtime a relaxing time. Too much activity close to bedtime can keep children awake.

■ Avoid feeding children big meals close to bedtime.

■ Avoid giving children anything with caffeine less than six hours before bedtime.

■ Set the bedroom temperature so that it's comfortable — not too warm and not too cold.

■ Make sure the bedroom is dark. If necessary, use a small night light.

■ Keep the noise level low.

Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

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