As it gets closer to the start of school, it’s important to gradually ease your kids back into an earlier and regular sleep schedule. An abrupt change can throw off their internal clock, causing a cranky and tired start to the school year. Prevent that from happening by following these tips!
1. Start getting ready for bed at least an hour before. This routine could include having your kids brush their teeth, taking a bath or shower, putting on pajamas, laying out an outfit for the next day and winding down with a book. Setting up a routine will signal to your child’s body that it’s almost time to sleep.
2. Shift the time your child goes to bed by 15 minutes a day if he or she is used to late summer nights. A drastic change will only leave them unable to fall asleep as sleep patterns take time to adjust.
3. Make sure your children’s bedding is optimal for a good night’s sleep! Replace any old or flattened pillows and check if their covers are still weather appropriate. As we transition from summer to fall, an extra throw or blanket might be necessary.
If you have any back-to-school sleep tips to share with other Bedding Snob parents, please post them in the comment section below! A good night’s sleep is important for focusing, learning and retaining information. We hope your kids have a great first day of school!
Maine, also known as Vacationland, offers plenty of exciting things to do in the summer! If you’re planning to visit (and if you haven’t, you should!), here are some of our favorite spots.
Cape Elizabeth – Portland Headlight by Peter Roome via Flickr
Located in Cape Elizabeth, the Portland Headlight is the oldest lighthouse in Maine. It offers amazing views and gorgeous walking trails.
Wharf in Freeport, Maine by littlelionkat via Flickr
If you’re looking to do some shopping and score the best deals, then Freeport is a must! There are numerous outlets, including the Cuddledown Outlet Store! And if you need a scenic break from shopping, Winslow Park is nearby. It has a tidal beach, walking trails, grills and picnic tables.
Acadia National Park
Sunrise, Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park by Dave Wilson Golden via Flickr
One of the most iconic destinations in Maine, Acadia National Park is a place every Maine visitor should see! The spectacular views and numerous activities, such as kayaking, boating, taking a flight tour, hiking or camping, will make it an fun-filled, unforgettable trip.
If you’ve been to Maine before and loved a particular area or activity, let us know in the comments below! For even more ideas, check out our full list of Favorite Maine Places.
Our Annual Pillow Sale starts today- save up to 30% on your favorite down and synthetic pillows! If you’re not sure which pillow is right for you, our Precise Pillow Picker will help you find the perfect one. And if you’re wondering if your current pillow should be replaced, view our “When to Replace Your Pillow” video to find out!