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How to get kids back on a sleep routine for school

Posted: 11:08 AM, Aug 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-05 14:18:02-04

It's back-to-school time for more districts in Green Country.

And that means the days of sleeping in over the Summer are coming to an end!

It can be a pretty stressful time for parents to get their kids back into a routine.

As the calendar shows, the days of summer are winding down.

That means vacations, barbecues and late bedtimes must come to an end, but how?

Sleep experts and doctors alike say start now.

Roll the bedtime back in about 15 - 20 min. increments a day.

"This is now the time you should be moving the bed time up and that bedtime routine close to bedtime," Pediatrician, Dr. Celina Moore says.

"Kids need about 10 to 12 hours sleep overnight," Sleep consultant, Janelle Aubert says. "Start bedtime routine about 45 minutes before bed."

Also, look at their diet and cut back on sugar.

And remember first time students can have a little sleep regression to deal with the stress of school.

"Take time to prepare for them. Talk about it. Show them pictures, they're visual learners, and really be sure you're increasing quality connection time with them," Aubert says.

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