National Sleep Foundation 2014 Sleep In America Poll Finds Children Sleep Better When Parents Establish Rules, Limit Technology and Set a Good Example

Date:
Monday, March 3, 2014

Center. “Electronics are prevalent in American homes, so it is important for parents to have a family strategy. Be vigilant about your children’s electronics use in the bedroom, set sleep times and talk to your children about the importance of sleep.”

Advice to improve your child’s sleep

To improve your child’s sleep, try these sleep tips :

1.     Make sleep a healthy priority in your family’s busy schedule.
2.     Set appropriate and consistent bedtimes for yourself and your children and stick to them.
3.     Know how your child is using electronics in the bedroom. Create a plan for appropriate use at night and set boundaries about use before and after bedtime.
4.     Educate yourself and your child on how light from electronic device screens can interfere with sleep.
5.     Talk to your child about the importance of sleep for health and well-being.
6.     Talk to your child’s teacher(s) about your child’s alertness during the day. Let your child’s teacher(s) know that you want to be made aware of any reports of your child falling asleep in school.
7.     Remember that you are a role model to your child; set a good example.
8.     Create a sleep-supportive bedroom and home environment, dimming the lights prior to bedtime and controlling the temperature (in most cases, temperatures above 75 degrees Fahrenheit and below 54 degrees will disrupt sleep).
9.     Try to encourage activities such as reading or listening to music before bedtime instead of watching TV, playing video games or surfing the web.
10.  Make sure children’s activities, including homework, can be completed without interfering with bedtimes.  

 Editor’s Note: The full 2014 Sleep in America® annual poll report is available for download at  http://www.sleepfoundation.org/sleep-polls-data/sleep-in-america-poll/2014-sleep-in-the-modern-family.

Poll Methodology and Definitions

The 2014 Sleep in America® annual poll was a probability-based online survey of 1,103 American parents with children aged 6-17 in the household. It was conducted Dec. 12-23, 2013, for the National Sleep Foundation by Mokrzycki Survey Research Services, with field work by the Knowledge Networks division of GfK Group. Sampling error for