Setting the right sleep routine now, before school starts, is key to putting your child on the right path. (iStock photo)

Setting the right sleep pattern is key

Now is the time for West Shore students to be getting into their back to school routine

With the new school year quickly approaching for many families, now is the time to get back into that routine.

Just remember, if your child is anxious, whether they’re preschool-aged or a high school student, kids adjust better when they have a schedule or routine.

The challenge as a parent can be sticking to that earlier bedtime routine. But depending on the age of your child you want to make sure they are going to bed early enough so they can get the right amount of sleep they will need to make it through the school day.

RELATED: West Shore Family Back to School edition

For children between the ages of three and six, it is recommended they get between 10 to 12 hours of sleep a day. This means a child in this age range should be going to bed between 7 and 9 p.m. to wake up between 6 and 8 a.m. Also keep in mind that at age three, most children are still napping but at age five most are not.

For children between the ages of seven and 12, they should be getting between 10 to 11 hours of sleep a day. However, this can vary from between nine and 12 hours a day, with the average being nine hours.

When children reach these ages they are more involved in social, family and school activities, which can mean bedtime can be a moving target that gradually becomes later. Most 12-year-olds go to bed at around 9 p.m., while there is still a wide range of bed times for others in this group that range from 7:30 to 10 p.m. You’ll know what’s best for your child, if they’re tired throughout the day, try making bedtime a little earlier.

Youth between the ages of 12 and 18 require between eight to nine hours of sleep a day but social pressures can often work against a teen getting the sleep they need. But even if your teen tries to push for a latter bedtime, just remember that sleep is still vital to their health and well-being just the same as when they were younger. In fact, teens may need more sleep than they did in previous years, so as a parent it’s important to keep a close eye on your teen’s sleep patterns.

The best way to make sure your child heads back to school on the right foot is to make sure these sleep routines are in place before the semester starts. Making sure they get to bed early and start getting up early now will help them get the routine in place.

Find all of the stories that were in the fall West Shore Family publication online here.

editor@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

VIDEO: New UVic buildings expand student housing by 25 per cent

Over 600 new beds mean off-campus housing freed up for affordable housing for Victoria residents

NDP’s Jagmeet Singh proposes new approach to tackling opioid crisis

Singh says the government should look at harm reduction rather than punishment

Dog killed in James Bay hit-and-run

Pedestrian narrowly missed by vehicle, VicPD say

West Shore parents want $10-a-day daycare pilot at other centres

Some parents want pilot funding going towards families in financial need

New Coast Guard radar boosts marine traffic monitoring off B.C. coast

Six radar installations set up for Georgia Strait to Queen Charlotte Strait to Prince Rupert

First ticket sold for Victoria’s second comic con

Guest list is top-secret for the March 22-24 Capital City Comic Con coming 2019

Hunter who saved B.C. man pinned inside smashed truck says ‘God was sending me to him’

Sayward man describes chance discovery of Duncan Moffat, 23, in northern Vancouver Island woods

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Nov. 14

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Have BC Ferry waits ever forced you to cancel your travel plans?

Many BC Ferry passengers heading out from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen on… Continue reading

Road-weary Canucks thumped 6-2 by Wild

Vancouver hosts the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday

Toronto private school didn’t report alleged sexual assault to police

Police say a sexual assault at an all-boys Catholic institution was not reported to them

China says butt out; Canada calls for release of “arbitrarily” detained Muslims

A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman accused Canada’s envoy of going beyond their diplomatic roles

Dead Saskatoon tattoo artist’s skin removed and preserved

The skin was removed in honour of the well known artist’s work

North Cowichan is Canada’s hot spot on Wednesday

The Warmland lives up to its name

Most Read