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Heart healthy tips for kids: Sleep

Most children need 10-11 hours of sleep each night.Sleeping is a very important part of each day. It gives you the rest to focus at school, the clarity to choose healthy foods, and rejuvenates you to get your daily exercise.

Most children need at least 10-11 hours of sleep at night. Healthy sleep patterns are the first start to good sleep.

A good habit is to go to sleep and wake up at a similar time every day.  Also, setting up your room as a quiet, dark place helps you fall asleep and stay asleep until morning. Bright light in the morning will help tell your internal clock that it’s morning.

Did you know it’s recommended that you only have 2 hours or less in front of a TV or computer screen each day?  You can replace your screen time with playing outside or indoor movement activities, so you wear yourself out by the end of the day.

Getting your daily exercise will help you be more tired at bedtime and make it easier for you to fall asleep.  Sometimes having a TV in your room can make it difficult to have good sleep habits. Try removing the TV from your room or turning it off at least 30 minutes before your scheduled bedtime so you can wind down mentally and prepare for sleep.

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