Establish a better bedtime routine
Kids should always do three or four calming activities before bed, says Jodi Mindell, PhD, associate director of the Sleep Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. And they should be exactly the same activities every night. Bath, reading, prayer—whatever you choose, its daily repetition literally cues your child’s body that it’s time to sleep. One note: A National Sleep Foundation poll indicates that reading as a part of the bedtime routine is associated with kids falling asleep faster and sleeping better. And don’t forget your teen, adds Dr. Mindell. A routine is just as important for a 15-year-old as it is for a toddler.