In addition to keeping you on a schedule that builds in at least 8 hours for sleep, there are a variety of ways to optimize restfulness with
Support and comfort. A quality mattress and Pillow are key for providing healthy spine support and alignment for growing bodies. Support also equates to comfort, which in turn promotes restful sleep.
Allergy and mattress protection. Dust mites, bed bugs, mold, and a variety of other allergy inducers and sleep inhibitors conspire to rob you and your child of vital rest. Protective mattress and pillow encasement can keep his or her bed pest and allergen-free, preventing nights spent sneezing and itchy. This can be especially important for college-aged students who are sleeping on dorm room mattresses.
Proper head and neck alignment. All pillows are not created equal. The right pillow can ensure proper support and positioning for nighttime comfort, pain-free days, and more restful slumber.
Temperature and humidity. A room that is too hot and humid, for example, can make it harder for your child to get proper, deep sleep. In addition, those conditions are ripe for allergen inducers such as mold and dust mites. Keep relative humidity between 30 and 50%, and maintain a bedroom temperature around 54 degrees Fahrenheit.
Sleep tracking. Kids today are more technically savvy than they have ever been. Put their smartphone skills to good use by having them monitor their sleep with a sleep tracking device. This helps them make sure they’re getting enough sleep, and better understand the relationships between their daytime habits (like diet and exercise) and the quality of their nighttime rest.