Screen Shot 2017-11-02 at 9.37.46 AMYou probably know that sleep is necessary for your child’s growing body. But did you know that sleep actually helps his or her brain work better, too?

Getting enough sleep each night allows your child be more alert, pay closer attention and remember material with greater accuracy the next day.

To help your child get the recommended 11-13 hours of sleep each night :

Develop a sleep schedule. Have you child go to bed and wake up about the same time each day. Try to keep the same schedule on the weekends, too.

Enjoy some physical activity outside. Exercise and fresh air help his sleep better.

Follow a bedtime routine. Take a bath, put on pajamas, brush teeth and read a story. Talk about something positive from the day. Then, lights out.

Make them feel safe. Put a night light in the room. Tell your child you will check in on them.