Rest Easy With Raymour & Flanigan's Back to School Tips
Rest Easy With Raymour & Flanigan's Back to School Tips
Summer is quickly coming to a close and your kids will soon be boarding the bus and heading back to school. Sleep is essential to your child’s health and ability to learn, and we at King Koil want to help make their rest as comfortable as possible. We’ve put together some tips to help make your child’s bedroom a relaxing environment where they can recharge and prepare for the school day ahead.
For this post, King Koil has teamed up once again with Raymour & Flanigan to help prepare your kids for a successful school year. These bedroom ideas and night time tips will help your kids get a good night’s sleep and wake up ready to learn and grow. There are a variety of ways to create a relaxing atmosphere in your child’s bedroom, from the mattress to the color scheme. After a long day of learning, extra-curricular activities and homework, your kids need a place to recover their energy and prepare for the day ahead.
Pick A Comfortable Mattress
Let’s start with the most important part of a good night’s sleep - the bed. Start by making sure your child’s bed is the right size for them and that the mattress is in good condition. Most mattresses have a lifespan of five to ten years, but if your child complains of pain or stiffness when they get up, or you see a tear in the mattress, it’s time for a new one. Bring them along to test mattresses and decide which one is most comfortable for them. With a host of choices, from firm to plush, innerspring or memory foam, a test run is the best way to ensure maximum comfort. To further ensure a good night’s sleep, have them choose sheets and blankets that feel good against their skin and keep their bedroom cool at night.
Caption: A good night’s sleep starts with the right mattress.
Form A Peaceful Bedroom Atmosphere
Color has the ability to affect our moods, so it’s important to choose bedroom colors that help your child relax. Blues and greens are common choices as they’re known to be calming and serene. Additionally, pale shades of yellow encourage happiness and aid in concentration. Shades like bright yellows can induce feelings of frustration, so consider only using small amounts of it throughout the room or as an accent.
Another way to create a relaxing bedroom is to avoid clutter. Cluttered rooms can increase anxiety and stress, so it’s important to get your child in the habit of keeping their bedroom clear. One way to help keep clutter to a minimum is to have plenty of storage space for toys and other items. An extra dress er or under the bed storage can be great places to store unneeded items while they are not in use. It’s also best to keep the room as dark as possible at night to encourage sleep. If your child is afraid of the dark, consider a nightlight with a red bulb to offer illumination without adding too much light.
Caption: Twilight Bedroom Set. From Pinterest
If your child’s bedroom handles several activities, such as sleeping, studying and playtime, consider painting each section a different color. By doing so, their brain will associate each color with a different activity. For example, consider painting the area around their bed green to help them relax, and the area near their desk blue to help them focus on their homework.
If your child is older and requires a computer to complete their assignments, encourage them to work at the dining room table or in another location so the electronics don’t end up in the bedroom. This will help the brain differentiate between spaces for relaxation and spaces for working. And on that note…
Limit Electronics in the Bedroom
We’ve all heard it, but keeping electronics out of the bedroom is essential to a good night’s sleep, for both kids and adults. Devices like cell phones and laptops use blue light to illuminate their screens, which promotes brain activity that makes it more difficult to wind down and fall asleep. It’s best to keep electronics out of your child’s bedroom altogether if possible. This means no television in the bedroom, and cell phones should charge in a separate room at night. To help them wind down, implement a “no electronics” policy at least one hour before bed.
Have a Nighttime Routine
Having your kids repeat the same routine each night before bed can encourage relaxation and sleep. For example, consider having your child take their bath or shower about an hour before bed, pack their bag for the next day and then spend some time with a book. Studies have also shown that reading before bed can reduce stress and help you fall asleep. Consider reading a story to your child before they fall asleep or have older children spend twenty to thirty minutes reading on their own before lights out.
It’s important that this routine happens at the same time every night. As the summer draws to an end, later bedtimes should start shifting earlier to prepare for earlier mornings during the school year. For a smooth transition into the school year schedule, begin shifting kids’ wake-up times and bedtimes by 15 minutes each day until you’ve reached the desired time frame for school. This will help that alarm on the first day of school be less jarring.
Involve Your Child
The best way to ensure your kids succeed in school is by involving them in these decisions. Discuss the importance of a good night’s rest with your kids and set an example for them by having your own nighttime routine. Getting plenty of rest is important for everyone to ensure optimal focus, mood and health.
This is especially important for children as their brains are still developing. Sleep is necessary for kids to recharge and process the information they’ve ingested throughout the day. By establishing a nighttime routine and creating a bedroom that encourages sleep and relaxation, your child is sure to have their best year yet.
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