At Ashley HomeStore, we recognize that quality sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, especially for the growing minds and bodies of children. We believe that every child should have a good night’s sleep and a bed to call their very own. That’s why it has been our mission to provide the gift of sleep through our Hope to Dream program for the past eight years! From the required amount of shut-eye to building a bedtime routine, we’ve covered it all!
A Guide to Children’s Sleep
Benefits of Sleep
The average child experiences a hectic day, from school to friends and extra-curricular activities. By the end of each day, a child needs quality sleep to restore their minds and bodies. Sleep provides the essential building blocks for growth and learning, preparing them for each new day ahead. The top benefits of sleep include:
- • Promoting mental and physical growth
- • Boosting the immune system to fight off illness
- • Enhancing mood and mental health
- • Increasing attention span for better academic performance
- • Promoting better problem-solving abilities and positive decisions
How Much Sleep is Enough?
The required amount of sleep varies by the child’s age. From toddlers to teenagers, getting an adequate amount of sleep is equally as vital to a child’s overall well-being and quality of life.
How to Build a Better Bedtime
Picking an appropriate bedtime and staying consistent can help your child get the right amount of sleep based on his or her age. Even on weekends and holidays, bedtime should always prevail. From an early age, there is plenty you can do to help your kids grow up loving their sleep:
- Establish a “wind-down” routine:
Children should have a consistent routine that lasts 30 to 40 minutes before sleep. This can include taking a warm bath or shower, brushing their teeth and reading a short book to unwind for the day.
- Avoid screen time:
With more children using technology at an increasingly younger age, it is important to monitor and restrict the amount of screen time before sleep. Ensure computers, tablets, and smartphones are put away at least two hours before bed. Light emissions from electronic devices can negatively affect sleep, decreasing levels of sleep-inducing melatonin.
- Set the stage for sleep:
Maintain a cool temperature and low level of light in your child’s room. If your child prefers a nightlight, opt for a warm-toned bulb instead of a harsh blue light. While silence is usually golden while sleeping, some children may benefit from a fan, white noise machine, or soothing nature sounds to lull them to sleep.
Although sleep is vital for children, the Public Health Agency of Canada reports that 1 in 4 children are NOT getting enough sleep, and 1 in 10 children DO NOT find their sleep refreshing. At Ashley HomeStore, we believe that a good night’s rest all starts with a clean and comfortable mattress.
For each mattress sold at participating Ashley HomeStore locations, $5.00 is donated to our Hope to Dream program. Founded in 2010, this program seeks to provide deserving children in our communities with a free twin mattress, box spring and bed frame to ensure a good night’s sleep.
If you know a child who would benefit from our Hope to Dream program, you can nominate them to receive a bed here.