Don’t Let Summer Break Spoil Family Sleep Patterns
06/14/2011

The end of the school year presents a major temptation for kids to stay up late and sleep away their mornings, but sleep tips website Sleepbetter.org recommends that parents maintain regular sleep patterns year-round.

Online PR News – 14-June-2011 – – (Richmond, VA) – With the arrival of summer break, American school children no longer need to rouse themselves before daybreak to catch the big yellow bus, but sleep experts advise families to keep a semblance of regular sleep patterns, even when school’s out.

“Families don’t have to keep up the pre-dawn wake-up rituals of the school year, but they run the risk of losing good rest if they allow ‘sleep anarchy’ to break out,” said Dan Schecter, vice president of consumer products at Carpenter Co. and creator of leading sleep tips website SleepBetter.org. “Longer summer days certainly affect us, but we know from reliable research that the human body responds best to regular sleep patterns.”

Schecter recommends that families adjust to the new seasonal realities and then establish regular bedtimes and wake-ups, even on weekends. Sleepbetter.org offers some additional tips to help families get good rest during the summer months:

Longer summer days certainly affect us but we know from reliable research that the human body responds best to regular sleep patterns.

* Make sure your bed clothes are made up of cool, lightweight and breathable fabrics. Your sheets, blankets and pillows can make a major difference in your summer comfort.

* Try to create a cool, dark and quiet sleep environment; the ideal room temperature for sleeping is 68 – 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

* Avoid hot, heavy meals at dinnertime. A rich dinner can come back to haunt you in the middle of the night, especially in the summer.

* Take a cool bath or shower before bedtime.

* If you grab a summer nap, a quick snooze of 20-30 minutes between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. will provide refreshment without spoiling your regular night’s sleep.

For more tips to help you sleep better, please visit http://sleepbetter.org. You can also get sleep advice from SleepBetter on Twitter (http://twitter.com/sleep_better) and Facebook (http://facebook.com/sleepbetter).

About Carpenter Co. / SleepBetter.org
SleepBetter.org is dedicated to helping people sleep better. Designed as an online resource, the web site creates a forum for visitors to define, discuss, and discover solutions to their particular sleep needs. SleepBetter.org’s quest is to continually gather pertinent sleep information, then share this knowledge with the general public. The site also shares tips on the best sleep related products, both in stores and online. SleepBetter.org has created the Sleep Better seal as a way to easily identify products recommended for their superior quality or scientifically based design. Created by Carpenter Co., the world’s largest producer of comfort cushioning products, SleepBetter.org provides information and advice that visitors can use to sleep better. For more information, please visit http://SleepBetter.org.

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