Up to 82% of American adults report that they find an extra hour of sleep at night incredibly valuable, and children are the same. School-aged children only get 9.5 hours of sleep despite experts recommending between 10 to 11 hours.
But how can you ensure your child is getting their recommended amount of sleep?
One of the best ways to help your child catch some quality Zzzs is by creating an optimal sleep environment. Here are a few of the most important elements to include in your own child's bedroom to set the stage for bedtime.
A white noise machine can do wonders for your child's sleep schedule and even your own. White noise keeps your child from waking up to the sound of you moving around in the living room or their sibling moving in the other room. Keep the machine at a low volume with a natural, soothing noise.
With summer almost here, the sun is staying out past your child's bedtime. This can make it difficult for your little one to hit the hay on time. Blackout shades or curtains can keep your child's room dark and ready for sleep no matter what time the sun decides to set.
Red lights or reading lights
Before your child starts to go to sleep, begin by turning off any of the overhead lights throughout the house. This is because bright lights can activate your child's internal clock and make it more difficult for them to fall asleep. Soft reading lights or red lights are softer on the eyes and cause less strain. In fact, the military uses red lights at night to preserve their night vision.
Switch out their bedsheets
It's recommended to clean your child's bedsheets at least once a week, but it may do some good to change up the sheets themselves. Allergens and skin irritants can sometimes linger in bedsheets, especially cotton sheets because of the pesticides used on cotton. Hypoallergenic sheets provide comfort for your child without the risk of exposing them to allergens.