Sleep: Back to school

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Monday, July 29, 2013 - 10:26am

Adjusting sleep schedule for classes before school year starts.

Though start dates vary across the country, children and teens everywhere will be heading back to school soon. More on making the adjustment before the class bell starts to ring in today's Health Minute.

Back to the classroom means back to a regular routine and schedule.

But experts caution parents.

Don't wait until the last minute to adjust your child's sleep habits to get ready to go back to school.

They suggest changing your child's bedtime gradually, to ward off both behavioral and academic problems that sleepy students experience.

Try to back up the sleep time everyday maybe by fifteen minutes at a time for the week or two prior to going back to school.

Other tips to help your kids unwind and get the shut eye they need?

At least half an hour before bedtime, cut off all electronics. Sometimes the lighting can make your brain think it's still light outside and still daytime.

It can also be helpful to keep the house a little bit darker starting at dinnertime. So, if it's still light outside, get some room-darkening shades, blinds, curtains to kind of trick the body into thinking that it's time to go to sleep.

Really limit caffeine. So, either no caffeine at all or if they're going to have it, have it at least 6 hrs before bedtime.

All tips to start the new school year off right.

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