Is your child or teen having difficulty with sleep?
I recently presented to the year 11’s at Pulteney about Sleep and the Teenage Brain and together we had a brainstorming session to create a list of tips and ideas to improve sleep patterns.
Here is the list we compiled
- Ensure a quiet, comfortable, dark environment
- Have a consistent sleep and wake time routine
- Meditation/deep breathing before bed
- Journaling before bed
- Avoid naps at any time of the day
- Exercise during the day, however avoid 2 hours before bed
- Avoid caffeine, especially energy drinks
- Avoid using your bed for study/eating/relaxing, keep it solely a sleep zone
- Encourage ‘winding down’ at least 30 minutes before bed, away from screens/devices
- Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual such as a bath, hot drink, read a book
- Drink a glass of warm milk
- Avoid drinking too much fluid or eating 2 hours prior to bed
If your child or teen is having difficulty sleeping, feel free to contact the Wellbeing Services Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make an appointment for your child/teen to discuss in more detail and be supported to develop an individualised plan to address the key concerns.