Back to School Bedtime: Your first homework assignment

If your kids are still sleeping in and staying up late, now is the time to get them off summer time and back-to-school time. 

The start of a new school year is just a few weeks away – and now is the time to start weaning children off of relaxed summer bedtimes and get them back on schedule. The transition to earlier mornings and busier days will be a lot easier if it’s a gradual one. Generally speaking, younger school-age children need 10 to 12 hours of sleep per night, while teens do best with a solid 8 to 9 hours. 

Adequate sleep is the most important assignment for success at school. Sleep deprivation in children can lead to weight gain and attention issues. Limiting screen time before bed is another important rule to enforce. Far too many students (and some parents) sleep near or even with their device which can seriously interfere with quality sleep. Do yourself and your kids a favor. Turn all devices off before bedtime – and leave them off until morning.  

Click here to read about back-to-school safety and preparedness from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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