In my clinical practice parents often complain about how difficult it can be to maintain a consistent Sleep Schedule in the summer. With long days, children will often wake early with the sun, and few children want to go to bed when it is still light out (especially when they could be playing outside!).
In the summer time it is very easy to get off schedule without a routine. When school is out and there are so many other added distractions sleep is the last thing on anyones mind. Sleep is one of the top priorities for children, it helps them grow and prosper! If a child doesn't get enough sleep it will hurt their functioning, development, mood of course and performance
For teens, summer can be a time to catch up on lost sleep during the school year, with many parents complaining about how they “sleep away the day,” not waking until lunchtime or later. While this extra sleep is a good thing, it may also result in a shifted or delayed schedule, with teens going to bed later than usual, and sleeping later than usual. This can be problematic when school starts and the teen has to once again attempt to go to bed early and rise early.
While summer is great for getting outside, enjoying the sun, playing, and relaxing, it is important to remember that sleep is an essential part of a child’s health and well-being. So help your child get the most out of their summer vacation by helping them get enough sleep!