Notes from the Nurse

Is Your Child Getting Enough Sleep?

Sleep is like food for the brain. And just like food, sleep gives your child energy. During sleep, their bodies grow and recover from the day’s activities. Sleep is important for everyone—especially kids. It’s not just about feeling grumpy or dozing off in school. Lack of sleep can actually lead to serious health problems.

Here are some tips for helping your children get at least nine hours of sleep each night. Help them build a routine—and stick with it.

·         Step It Up: To help kids get used to earlier bedtimes and more rest, add 15 minutes of sleep time each night until they’re sleeping at least nine hours.

·         Wind Down: Stick to quiet, calm activities before bedtime, and your kids will fall asleep much more easily. Avoid TV, computers and telephones during the hour before bed. Don’t leave homework for the last minute. And don’t eat, drink or exercise within a few hours of bedtime.

·         Fill In the Naps: If you plan them right, naps can help boost your child’s energy during the day. Naps that are too long or too close to bedtime can interrupt their regular sleep.

·         Dream Makeover: Make your children’s bedrooms the perfect places to relax and sleep. Keep them cool, quiet and dark. You might even want to get eyeshades or blackout curtains. Let in bright light in the morning to help them wake up.

This information is provided by the American Heart Association 
Bryce Sloan, R.N.
School Nurse
Black Mountain Elementary
Owen Middle School
(828) 774-8332


Here are some important facts about the Flu to keep you and your families healthy this season. If you have any specific questions or concerns please feel free to contact me through your childs school.

Here a a few helpful web pages.

  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention website