ARCADIA, WI--(Marketwire - Jul 16, 2012) - From family road trips and backyard BBQs, to sun-filled days spent splashing in the pool -- summer is the time for fun. But with all the increased activity, sometimes things like kids' bedtimes and regular schedules go out the window.
"Sleep experts estimate that school-age kids need at least nine hours of sleep per night to stay healthy and active," says Ben Thorud, Senior Vice President of Ashley Sleep. "When school is out during the summertime, children's bedtimes, diets and routines often change dramatically compared to the rest of the year. All of these factors can lead to sleep deprivation, which can result in personality changes, temper tantrums and lower energy levels."
So how can you keep children well-rested, energized and ready to seize their day until Fall rolls around again? Ashley Sleep offers six easy-to-follow tips for better sleep:
1. Don't Overschedule. While it's important to keep kids engaged and active over the summer, it's also important to leave some unstructured free time for playing and exploring. Overscheduling your children can lead to stress and lack of sleep.
2. Keep the Summer Heat Outside. For optimal sleeping, bedroom temperatures should be somewhere between 68 and 72 degrees. To keep A/C bills under control, supplement with ceiling fans or other forms of ventilation. A cool shower or bath before bedtime can also help lower body temperature, for a more restful night's sleep.
3. Block out the Light. In the summertime, the sun comes up bright and early, causing kids to wake up before they're ready. Try using blackout shades to keep the room dark.
4. Set a Realistic Bedtime. Consider your lifestyle changes over the summer and come up with a bedtime you can actually follow. Once you find one that works for your family, stick to it.
5. Keep Summer Vacations in Check. Sometimes eating and sleeping habits fall to the wayside during summer trips. While it can be challenging, try to stick with your regular schedule as closely as possible during vacations to avoid sleepy, irritable children.
6. Say "No" to Too Much Sugar/Caffeine. From caffeine-laden chocolate and soda pop to other sugary treats, kids' diets can easily get out of hand if you're not careful. Try to limit the types of snacks that tend to wreak havoc at bedtime.
For more sleeping tips and interesting sleep facts, or to browse our innovative products, visit AshleySleep.com.
About Ashley Sleep
Ashley Sleep is manufactured by Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc., the largest furniture manufacturer in the world, with products available at participating Ashley Furniture HomeStores and other quality mattress retailers (Store Locator). Making its own place in the sleep industry, Ashley Sleep is one of the fastest growing mattress brands in the world. First introduced in 2008, more people are sleeping on Ashley Sleep mattresses than ever before.
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