With school back in session – or just about – make sure your kiddos are getting enough sleep.

Sleep affects both mental and physical development, and let’s face it: We all know how much harder life feels without enough shut-eye!

According to the National Sleep Foundation, a child spends an estimated 40 percent of his or her childhood asleep. (Sounds pretty good, parents, right?)

Preschool-aged children (3- to 5-year-olds) generally need 11-13 hours of sleep each night, while school-aged children (5-12-year-olds) need 10-11 hours each night.

Some tips to help children sleep well:

  • Keep the bedtime and sleep schedule consistent.
  • Do not allow televisions in children’s bedrooms. 
  • Keep bedrooms dark, cool and quiet.
  • Avoid caffeine, especially before bedtime.
  • Avoid television before bedtime. 
For more information, visit the National Sleep Foundation