Better kids sleep for better health


Digital Health, Digital Use, Family Management / Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

You might have read the first part of this series on family management where we introduce Scrum for families. The outcome of one of my family meetings (which there were two of) is the need to wake up my daughter on time to start her morning routine. We found Apple’s Bedtime to be useful. So I will be briefly covering this, mainly as we have Apple devices in our home but will also look at some of the alternatives.

Within Apple’s Clock app, there is a Bedtime section that allows you to set the amount of time your child wants to sleep each night. The Clock app can then remind you to go to bed and sound an alarm to him/her you up.

Some of the benefits of using this feature are:

  • Choose which days your Wake alarm goes off.
  • Set when you’re reminded to go to bed.
  • Choose a Wake Up Sound for your alarm.
  • Change how loud the alarm is.
  • Turn Do Not Disturb During Bedtime on or off. During bedtime, the Lock screen dims, calls and alerts that arrive when your device is locked are silent, and notifications go to your history.

You will need to ensure your child always brings their phone into their bedroom before they go to bed which can be one of the downsides of using a phone for this purpose.

You can also invest in a bed clock which might make it easier whilst also charging the phone at the same time. If you are more of a Google shop, the Lenovo Smart Clock might be more suitable. Or Alexa might be more your cup of tea with Amazon’s Echo Spot Smart Alarm Clock.

However you choose to wake your child up in the morning, it’s certainly worth getting into the habit of regular sleep cycles and have a better chance of surviving the morning rush (which is inevitable).

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