Trying to ease back into a school year bedtime but...

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Trying to ease back into a school year bedtime but...
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Thu, 08-01-2013 - 1:06am

School starts in less than a couple weeks here so I figured I'd better start trying to ease my kids back into a more reasonable bedtime so that the change won't be so jarring. We've been WAY too lax with bedtimes this summer, I think. I've started sending them to bed earlier these past few days but they are miserable, unable to fall asleep. I'm starting to wonder if maybe we should go for a  "cold turkey" approach instead and just have the first couple days back be rough instead.

Anyone else have any luck with a slow-ease approach?

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Registered: 11-28-1999

Depending on how much later you've been letting them stay up, I think it's hard if you institute a really early bedtime while the sun is still shining late and they feel like they've been missing out on fun.  Basically I always went cold turkey--it doesn't take that long to adjust.  One interesting fact that I learned from a special sleep doctor that my teenage son went to because he could never fall asleep at night and therefore couldn't wake up in the am--he said the deal on weekends is to keep getting up at the same time as during the school week--he could stay up as late as possible but getting up early was the key, not what time he went to bed--maybe the idea is that if you're tired from lack of sleep at least the next night you'll be able to fall asleep earlier.

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Registered: 09-30-2011

I'm glad to hear that someone else goes "cold turkey" b/c that's what we do too. I agree with Music in that there only seems to be a couple days of adjustment and I have a feeling that even if we did ease into it, there would still be those couple days of adjustment. 

Good luck and let us know how it goes. My kids go back to school, this Friday! 

Lisa 

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Registered: 11-28-1999

I suppose I should really find out when the first day of school is.  lol  We usually start after Labor Day.

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We keep the same schedule throughout the summer still since my kids have to get up early for daycare, but one other thing that you may try to "tire them out" is to give them a busy activity, something outside that gets them some good fresh air and activity, maybe a family walk or bike ride after dinner, and then put up all the electronic devices an hour before bedtime. We have started trying to do that and it definitely helps them fall asleep more quickly.
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We've now finished our first full week back at school. We went "cold turkey" like I mentioned above and yep, we were hating life at 6 am, LOL. But really, I don't think we would have liked it much no matter which strategy we took. 

I really like the tip that Musiclover shared about the key being what time you get up, not when you go to bed. I've started focusing on that for myself as well and it's been helping. I still can't bring myself to get up at 6 am on the weekends but I no longer sleep in for however long I want. 

Lisa