Do you consistently face much stress waking your child in the morning? Many parents do. Though sleep is highly beneficial to kids and is known to impact on learning and memory positively, many kids cause much chaos getting out of bed. So, what is the effective means of getting your child to wake up in the morning without hassle?
Read below to get the best techniques you can use to wake your kid for school without hassle or pressure.
When is the best time to wake your kid up for school?
It is necessary to understand that if your child does not get enough sleep he might find it difficult to wake up for school on time. It is because your child’s body mechanism still desires more sleep time. Here’s the recommended amount of sleep children of different age ranges should get according to the National Sleep Foundation.
|Age||Recommended amount of sleep|
|0–3 months||14–17 hours total|
|4–12 months||12–16 hours total|
|1–2 years||11–14 hours total|
|3–5 years||10–13 hours total|
|9–12 years||9–12 hours total|
|13–18 years||8–10 hours total|
If your child is nine years old and is only having 6 or 7 hours of sleep, then he is sleep-deprived, and it will be hard getting him up for school. Better quality sleep time promotes early waking up hours.
So when is the best time to wake your kid?
Early enough. Right in time to smell their favourite breakfast or meal. This will motivate your kid to get up from the bed.
How to encourage your child to wake up early for school
Reduce Screen time before bed
Recent studies have proved the relationship between poor sleep and electronic usage before bed. Laptops, phones, television are responsible for unsatisfactory or inadequate sleep time in children and even adults. Usage of electronic devices impair sleep in two ways:
- less sleep
- late sleep time.
Phones, laptops and even television sets produce blue light (also referred to as short-wavelength light) which makes a mess of the circadian rhythm. Circadian rhythm is like the body’s clock. Blue light also diminishes the production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep and wake in the body.
The best way to create a suitable environment for quality sleep for your child, as well as facilitating proper sleep hygiene is by having your kids put away all electronic devices for at least an hour before bed.
Avoid using sleep as a form of punishment
It is not advisable to send kids to bed as a form of punishment. It will only create a negative association with sleep in their mind. As a parent, you should strive to portray sleep as an enjoyable and positive activity. It will allow them to see sleep as a prerequisite for growth and good health.
Get an alarm clock
Some children-friendly alarm clocks are fun but highly effective. These alarm clocks have soothing and comforting nightlight that encourages them to quickly fall asleep, a fancy timer, flexibility that allows you to schedule wake-time for specific days of the week. The alarm clock will do the job of waking up your kid for you.
A bedtime routine chart
Kids are good with routine. Creating a fun bedtime routine with reward to ensure compliance will encourage them to go to bed early and rise early. A bedtime routine, which can be drawn up in a colourful, fancy chart, will help your child seamlessly adjust to early wake time. You can include in some soothing or relaxing activities in your kid’s bedtime routine chart like a warm bath, pacifying music, reading a bedtime story and the likes.
Serve as a model
Children are very observant, highly impressionistic and tend to emulate positive behaviour. If you follow your kid’s routine by going to bed early and waking up on time, your child will imitate you. So ensure you wake up earlier than your kid and prepare, freshen up before you rouse your child from the bed.
What if your child still refuses to get ready for school on time?
If your child fails to get ready for school, let him or her face the negative consequence of waking up late. It could be detention or limited TV time. It is usual for children to make mistakes, but allowing them to experience the consequence will serve as a gentle reminder, not repeating an error. Nevertheless, it would be best if you always encouraged your child to follow his/her bedtime routine.