Transition To School Sleep Schedule

After a long summer, many students are probably ready to go back to school to see their friends. What many are not looking forward to is the early morning wake-up. Many kids' sleep schedules are still on summer time, but there are some tips to make the transition into the school year a bit smoother.

Parenting experts suggested to USA Today to allow children to wake up on their own. It's okay to check on them once, but going in their room multiple times lets them know it's okay to lay there just a little longer.

Another tip is to talk with your children about just how much sleep they're getting. Once they see how little it really is, they will want to be in bed earlier.

Right before bed it's best to put away the TV's and computers -- the light from the screens keeps kids awake.

Once you've made it through the week, don't let the weekend ruin your sleep cycle. It's okay to sleep in, but try not to shift more than two hours from your usual wake up time.

The National Sleep Foundation suggests gradually easing into the school sleep schedule about two weeks before the first day of classes. Setting an earlier wake up and bed time each night will ease children back into the cycle.

Avoiding large meals before bedtime can also help kids fall asleep faster, according to the foundation. They also advise no sodas for dinner and that caffeinated drinks should be avoided after noon.

Parents can be an excellent role model for their children's sleep habits. If parents have a set schedule, children will be likely to follow suit.


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