For Kids: How to Fall Asleep Fast

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Sleep is something everyone needs. In order to stay healthy, our bodies require an adequate amount of rest. Kids, especially, need sleep in order to grow and develop properly. If you tend to have a hard time falling asleep at night, maybe it's time to try some techniques to help you fall asleep faster. There are several methods you can try. Adequate amounts of sleep may help you improve your concentration and perform better at school.

A young girl sleeping in her bed
A young girl sleeping in her bed (Image: gemenacom/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Stay away from chocolate and sugary foods before bedtime. Chocolate contains caffeine, a stimulant that causes alertness and elevates your mood. And sugar gives you a sugar rush, making it more difficult for you to fall asleep.

Boy eating a chocolate bar
Boy eating a chocolate bar (Image: Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Step 2

Keep a routine sleep schedule. This means you need to wake up and go to bed at the same time each day. Your body will adjust to a steady sleep schedule, making it easier for you to fall asleep faster.

Young girl turning off her alarm clock
Young girl turning off her alarm clock (Image: David De Lossy/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Step 3

Sleep in your bed and avoid eating, watching television or doing homework in your bed. You body will learn that when you lay in your bed, it's time to fall asleep. Doing other things on your bed will make it harder to fall asleep when you're ready.

Boy watching television in bed
Boy watching television in bed (Image: Geo Martinez/Hemera/Getty Images)

Step 4

Avoid taking naps during the day. A nap will make it harder for you to fall asleep at night and harder to wake up in the morning, affecting your sleep schedule.

A young girl taking a nap
A young girl taking a nap (Image: Kraig Scarbinsky/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Step 5

Play soft, soothing music at bedtime. Classical music, lullabies or soft yoga music will help soothe your senses and relax you. If you're relaxed, you will have an easier time falling asleep.

A baby listening to soothing music
A baby listening to soothing music (Image: Svitlana Pavzyuk/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 6

Try doing yoga or basic stretches right before bedtime. Dim the lights and breathe deeply while you stretch. These exercises will slow your heart rate and relax your muscles, making it easier to fall asleep.

Small boy sits in a lotus position
Small boy sits in a lotus position (Image: RimDream/iStock/Getty Images)

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