Guide to Good Sleep

From infants and toddlers to school-aged kids and teens, it’s important to make sure your kids are getting the sleep they need to grow, learn and play.

Of course, we all know that life and nature can interfere with getting plenty of rest and knock us off track – cue the after-school activities, homework, studying, Daylight Saving Time and the COVID-19 pandemic, to name a few.

This combination of all these events can certainly alter our sleep schedules. But it doesn’t have to. Check out these tips, tricks and resources for getting the right amount of zzz’s, no matter your child’s age (and maybe a good refresher for you, too!).

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COVID-19 and Sleep: Is Your Child Getting Enough Rest?

Getting a good night’s sleep is so important for our mental and physical health. Like so many things recently, COVID-19 has significantly disrupted the sleep of children and adolescents. So what can we do to get back to a healthy sleep routine?

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FAQs About Sleep

Bedtime is always a battle. My child refuses to stay in bed. Help! Is sleep training safe for kids? Our experts answer these common questions – and more - around your child and sleep.

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Insufficient Sleep Can Be Deadly

One of the main purposes of sleep is that it is restorative for both the brain and the body. Adolescents actually need more sleep than adults but often get less. Even with more than nine hours of sleep a night, many adolescents still feel tired the next day.

Free Downloads to Help Your Child Sleep

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Bedtime Pass (Download)

Use this bedtime pass as a good option for children over age 3 who keep “curtain calling” (leaving room for another hug, to get a drink, to get a snack, to use the bathroom, etc.) to help them stay in bed.

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I Stayed in Bed Chart! (Download)

Download this sample sticker chart with a goal of “I stayed in my bed all night long.” In the morning, give a sticker and a small reward such as a special breakfast/cereal, electronic time in the morning, time with a preferred toy, etc.

More Sleep Tips From Our Experts

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Watch: Common Sleep Trends for Children

Dr. Ty Snider, a pediatric psychologist, speaks with Gina McDowell, our behavioral health expert, about the importance of sleep for younger children, and some of the common things we tend to see when routines are disrupted.

Gina McDowell and Dr. Cody Hostutler on a video conference call

Watch: Common Sleep Trends for Teens

Our behavioral health expert, Gina McDowell, and Dr. Cody Hostutler, a pediatric psychologist, talk about the importance of sleep for teens, and some of the common things we tend to see when it comes to routines.

Why a Good Nights Sleep is Important

Why a Good Night's Sleep is Important

Find out how to make sure everyone in your house is getting the rest they need.

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