We are three weeks away from the start of school in some districts in our community. Our kids have been playing video games, binge watching Netflix, having sleepovers and generally going to bed late and getting up late for weeks. What will happen when they have to get up at 6:30 or 7:00 on the first day of school?
It won’t be pretty, as they say. Nothing like a cranky child to get the day off to a good start!
Start now to get that Circadian rhythm (the sleep/wake cycle) adjusted to school hours. The American Sleep Association recommends that students between 6 and 12 years of age get 9 to 12 hours of sleep each night. The recommendation for teenagers is 8 to 10 hours. If your children are going to bed about three hours past their school night bedtime, try getting them to bed 15 minutes earlier each night. Here are some tips on how to do that:
Snoring can be an indication of a medical condition that is interfering with restful sleep. Follow up with your child’s physician if they snore or seem excessively restless while sleeping.
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