Children sometimes cannot distinguish between what they need and what they want. Shelter, food and clothing are needs. Eating out, cable TV, cell phones, computers, and video games are wants. Wants can be worked towards but not an entitlement.
Some children’s sleep problems can be fixed with a set bedtime and calming routine at night. This involves up to an hour before bedtime dimming lights, avoiding computer/cell phone screens, a warm bath, or quiet activities such as reading. These methods can help all children including those with ADHD fall asleep.
Check here tomorrow for what you can do if your child suffers from ADHD and still has difficulty sleeping even after trying these suggestions.
Constantly checking emails or surfing the web on a smartphone can stimulate the brain. Doing so right before bed with a smartphone can prevent kids from falling asleep. If your child has difficulty falling asleep, try limiting smartphone use before bed.
The blue light glow from a TV, computer, cell phone, or digital clock may be keeping your child awake. The blue light suppresses the secretion of melatonin (a sleep promoting hormone). If your child has insomnia, have them read a book rather than watch TV or use the computer before bed. Also try covering up digital clocks if their light is blue colored. You may also want to replace the bedtime reading light with an orange light bulb. It’s glow lets you read or relax without actively inhibiting melatonin.
Cell phone radiation has been shown to damage blood cells, DNA, nerve cells and vision. The radiation may cause sleep problems, fatigue and headaches. Limit the amount of cell phone radiation exposure your child receives.
Children are far more susceptible to the effects of cell phone radiation than adults. Kids skulls are much thinner so radiation can penetrate the brain easier when a cell phone is held up to the ear. This radiation is then absorbed by a larger area of the brain than an adult’s brain would.
Students must be careful when crossing streets even in school zones. A study showed 1 of 6 school zone drivers is distracted with a cell phone.
There are a lot of great educational apps for your phone. There is help with homework, organization, SAT and studying. These tools can help students school work improve.