How school can affect a young students’ sleep habits.
I remember when my kids first entered school they had a hard time falling a sleep on their own and seemed to need a few more cuddles and reassurance. Turns out that response isn’t uncommon, because school is a huge change in a child’s life and change can lead to sleep problems explains Marc Lewis, co-Author of Bed Timing. “The anxiety of being out of the house all day might catch up to them and make it difficult for them to fall asleep or difficult for them to stay asleep. And as a result they might return to some earlier sleep habits such as getting in bed with you to help them feel more secure before being able to fall asleep. Whether you go along with that is up to you and your child. If you child easily falls into the habit of wanting to be with you and is a fairly dependent kid then you might not want to let them crawl into to bed frequently. You might to reserve this shared sleeping arrangement for the days when he or she is having the most difficulty. If you have a really resilient child then they can probably be coached back into their bed without much trouble.”
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