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Summer Sleep: Part 2

No matter where your summer takes you, there are trees to climb, trails to conquer, lemonade to drink, and memories to be made with friends and family. All the fun of squeezing the sunshine out of every day can wear your kids - AND YOU - out! The best medicine for tired limbs, too much sun and, admit it, the stress of visiting family is - sleep! It's time to update and complete your game plan for good summer sleep with the rest of my summer sleep tips:

The amount of sleep babies, children and teens need may shock you. And they need this sleep year-round, EVEN IN SUMMER! According The American Academy of Sleep, the optimal number of hours per age group looks like this:

• Infants: 14 to 15 hours

• Toddlers: 12 to 14 hours

• Preschoolers: 11 to 13 hours

• School-age kids: 10 to 11 hours

• Teenagers: 9 to 10 hours

In addition to the travel tips shared in Part 1 of this summer series, take care of sleep at home.

  • Lighten sheets and blankets to keep kids and babies cool and comfortable in summer’s warmer weather. The optimal sleep friendly temperature for the human body is surprisingly low, between 62 and 70. Open windows before bed time to let cooler night air in or use your home AC to cool off your child’s sleep space before bed.

  • Summer can be an easy time to lean heavily on movies and screens to distract and occupy kids who are home more. The blue light of screened devices also blocks the body’s production of melatonin. Remember to follow good sleep hygiene and turn screens off at least 1 hour before bed.

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