Finance Marlin Looks Ahead to the Start of School and Offers Ways to Make the Bedtime Transition Smoother

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According to a news article published 7/9/13 on Yahoo.com entitled 'Early to bed can take effort at summer’s end', getting kids back into a bedtime routine after summer break may take some work. The editor of Finance Marlin offers seniors and their families a few ways to ease kids and grandkids through the transition.

In another month or so, parts of the U.S. will be sending their kids back to school. The protests are probably already starting, but nothing is more difficult than trying to drag an unwilling, still sleeping child from bed to get ready for school. Inspired by the Yahoo.com article, FinanceMarlin.com has a few ideas to help smooth the transition between late night and late sleeper to earlier night and early riser.

Create rituals at night with children. It can be reading or just quiet talking time. Do something calm with them, like reading a bedtime story. Slow down. These routines can help trigger the urge to sleep.

Dr. Peter Franzen, child sleep expert, believes that electronic devices should be turned off at least an hour before bedtime because they signal the body to stay awake. The same can be said for television as well.

As the first day of school approaches, move bedtime earlier incrementally and wake children up earlier, as well. Start the process about two weeks before school. Some suggest that discussing with the children how important and necessary a good, full night’s sleep is for them to feel energized and alert the next day, avoiding any potential accidents due to sleep deprivation.

The value is high in getting a little more sleep, regardless of age. Adults need about seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Most get around six. Children need nine to twelve hours of sleep, depending on their age. Too little sleep makes a person cranky, unfocused and clumsy; not a good way for a person age five or ninety-five, to be at their peak capacity.    

FinanceMarlin.com works with seniors and their families to get the kids and grandkids to bed early in preparation for the impending start of school.

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