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Back to School Sleep Schedule: Tips to Make Bedtime a Breeze

By NBC Philadelphia, 08/26/19, 1:00PM CDT

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What's the number one way to wake up happy? Sleep.

It's not just toddlers who struggle around bedtime. Older kids can also have trouble getting the sleep they need, especially around back to school season.

Mom blogger Kristen Hewitt shares 6 sleep aids to ensure your child is well-rested and ready to learn!

Wake-Up Clocks

If your kid is grumpy when you draw the curtains and let in the sunshine, there are some alternatives.

ESSENTIAL OILS

Peppermint is a natural substance that will wake the kids up and get them energized for their day.

Sleep Pillow Spray

What's the number one way to wake up happy? Sleep.

Melatonin

Good Day Chocolates makes a sleep chocolate vitamin for kids. It contains 1mg of pharmaceutical-grade melatonin that can work wonders for occasional sleeplessness. It can be habit-forming so talk to your pediatrician before use.

Meditation

The number one sleep hack - meditation. Even if your kids say, "I don't wanna meditate," put on a 10-minute meditation and 4 minutes later, they'll be out for the count. 

Weighted Pillows and Blankets

Weighted blankets are known to have numerous benefits including reduced anxiety, reduced stress, improved sleep quality, better mood, and best of all it recreates the feeling of a hug.