School is hard work for children. They may feel very tired after being in a classroom for a half or full day. Getting a good sleep every night can help your child adjust.

Children need sleep to restore their energy and to help them focus and concentrate on learning. The brain sorts through and stores memories during sleep. A lack of sleep often leads to temporary difficulties with thinking, reasoning and memory. When children don’t get enough sleep it affects their health, behaviour and all parts of their lives.

If your child is having trouble getting used to school, try putting her to bed 30–60 minutes earlier for a week. Avoid late nights when your child has school the next day. Most school-aged children need about 10 hours of sleep a night.

  • Bedwetting

    Many children over 5 years old still wet their beds. If you have concerns, talk to your health care provider or public health nurse.
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