Sleep is one of the most important things when it comes to good health. However, many American families often have trouble getting a good night's sleep.
In fact, school-aged children often receive only 9.5 hours of sleep when experts recommend between 10 and 11 hours. What's more, the average adult only receives six hours of sleep rather than the recommended seven the nine hours.
Fortunately, there are ways you and your family can work together to help get enough sleep for everyone in the house. Consider the following bedtime tips to catch the Zzzs your whole family needs.
- Develop a sleeping schedule. Children crave structure and so do adults. Begin by developing a sleeping schedule and routine for you and your child. Start to dim the lights when bedtime draws near and stop doing any energizing activities including watching television. This calming period will help set the sleepy mood for your entire family.
- Wash your sheets regularly. There are more bacteria and germs on your bedsheets than you think. Skin cells, pet hair, and food particles can build up and cause breathing problems, which make it difficult to sleep. What's more, up to 78% of Americans report that they sleep easier on fresh-smelling sheets. Be sure to wash your bedsheets and pillowcases at least once a week.
- Use the right bedsheets. Bedsheets made of certain materials can make getting to bed a struggle. For instance, polyester can be soft but also hot in the summer. And cotton can be breathable but also contains chemicals. Consider using hypoallergenic baby crib sheets and kids fitted sheets to ensure your kids are getting a comfortable snooze without the skin irritation.
- Make your home's bedrooms a comforting place. Finally, making the bedrooms throughout your house into comforting spaces is a great way to get a better night's sleep. Keep technology away from your bed and don't do anything energizing before getting to sleep. Screens and activity will only make you more restless.