Earlier to Bed, Earlier to Rise|
The lazy summer evenings of catching fire flies, riding bikes until the sun goes down and late night slumber parties come to a crashing halt when school begins. To help keep your child from crashing at school, you'll want to work on changing up their nighttime routine before school begins.
“Adjusting your children's sleep schedules should begin a week or two before school starts,” said Jennifer Hudman, M.D., pediatrician on the medical staff at Harris Methodist Northwest Hospital. “This will help your children be better prepared – and more alert – when school starts.”
Lack of sleep seriously affects academic performance and students' moods, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
The foundation's 2004 and 2006 Sleep in America polls revealed that children and teens overall do not get enough sleep. School-aged children get an average of one and a half hours less than the recommended 10 to 11 hours of sleep per night on school nights, and only 20 percent of adolescents get the recommended nine hours of sleep per night on school nights. In fact, nearly half of all adolescents sleep less than eight hours on school nights.
To get your child's sleep schedule back on track, try the following: