Sleep and rest
A growing child requires plenty of sleep. A child in the lower stages of comprehensive school should sleep about 10 hours every night. As a parent, you are responsible for your child’s sleep.
Sleep and rest impact a school pupil’s
- growth and development
- learning, attentiveness and creativity
- mood and emotions
- health, immune system and appetite.
Read more on the Vanhempainnetti service provided by the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare (in Finnish).
Tips for ensuring children get restful sleep:
- Make the evening
- Bed time should be at the same time every night. There should not be a great variation between weekdays and weekends.
- Heavy exercise should not take place late in the evening.
- Computers or other devices should be used within the last hour before going to bed.
- Being active and exercising during the day may help the child to sleep restfully.
- Some calm time together as a family may support deep sleep.
- Ensure that the night
- If sleeping is difficult for your child because they are browsing on a smartphone, take the phone away during the night. You have the right to restrict your child’s phone use.
- Calm environment.
- Letting in fresh air before going to bed is beneficial.
- Blackout curtains or blinds help make the room darker.
- It may also be easier to sleep in a tidy, clean room.
- Read more tips on the Vanhempainnetti service provided by the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare (in Finnish).
Rest is also important. After school, a child may need some time for themselves. Children’s everyday lives may be quite challenging, especially if they have many hobbies. You should sometimes give your child the chance to just relax without doing anything.