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Smart Woman: Back to School Sleep Schedule

The start of the school year is fast approaching. Doctors say parents shouldn’t wait until the last minute to get children back on their usual schedule, that includes their sleep routine.

        The start of the school year is fast approaching. Doctors say parents shouldn’t wait until the last minute to get children back on their usual schedule, that includes their sleep routine. Good sleep hygiene is related to good school work, allowing kids to focus better and be more productive during the day. Children ages 3 to 5 need a total of 11 to 13 hours of sleep, 5 to 1-year-olds need about 10 to 11 hours, and teenagers need at least 8 ½ hours of sleep.

        Avoid caffeine, sugary drinks, and big meals before bed. Also, no electronics like T.V. and video games, because they can stimulate young kids. Doctors say parents should ease children back into their school day routine as soon as possible. Doctors say once your children are back on schedule, it’s key to stick to the routine, even on the weekends.

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