Sleep Struggles Part 2: Early Risers

Written by: Michele Berman

The end of Daylight Savings Time can be tough for many families, but we know that a lot of you are dealing with an even an even more problematic year-round sleep issue that comes with living with an early riser.

Even an extra fifteen minutes of sleep each morning can make a big difference for busy parents, but many young children have a habit of waking up too early and disturbing the whole family’s sleep routine.

If this sounds like your child, please read on.

Tips to help your kids stay in bed longer in the morning:

  • Find an optimal bedtime.  As is the case with adults, there is no “magic number” of hours that young children need to sleep. While some may feel well rested after eight or nine hours of sleep, others need 10 or 11. Play around with bedtime and change things up often until you figure out how many hours of sleep your children really need. Then, avoid putting them to bed so early that they’ll wake up feeling rested before you do.
  • Encourage physical activity.  Most parents know that physical activity is an important ingredient in any healthy sleep routine, but did you know that getting exercise might actually have a bigger impact on our ability to stay asleep than it does on our ability to fall asleep? If early rising is a problem at your household, make sure your kids are getting at 30-60 minutes of vigorous activity each day.
  • Use visual cues.  A clock with visual cues, like the ZAZOO Photo Clock, helps children know when it’s time to stay in bed.  Every ZAZOO clock comes pre-programmed with sun and moon imagery with the idea that the sun indicates wake time and the moon indicates sleep time. Just as a traditional alarm clock beeps when its time to rise, the ZAZOO Photo Clock displays the sun when it’s time to get out of bed. But what if you're the sun and moon imagery doesn’t resonate with your child? You can also upload your own custom images into the ZAZOO clock based on what works best for your child. Maybe a picture of mom and dad or the school bus will do the trick.

Don’t forget that we’re offering a 20% discount and free shipping on all ZAZOO online purchases to NPN readers through the end of Daylight Savings Time. To redeem yours, simply visit us at zazookids.com and use the code “NPN20” at checkout.

While eliminating early riser problems requires work, it will be well worth the extra sleep you’ll get in return.  If you try any of these sleep tips, please let us know how they work for you!  We’ll be back tomorrow with suggestions for managing a sleep struggle on  the opposite end of the spectrum.

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Posted on February 19, 2013 at 10:48 AM