Back to school sleep schedules

Back to school sleep schedules

(WOIO) - Getting the kids ready to go back to school can be stressful - for parents and kids.

But in the rush to shop and jam in a few more days of summer fun, don't forget about getting your kids ready for the summer to school sleep transition.

"It can be a rough transition," said Dr. Tina Waters of the Cleveland Clinic Sleep Center.

Dr. Waters suggests parents act now.

"We typically recommend starting to get the kids up earlier a week before school starts so you can reset the child's natural sleep rhythms," Dr. Waters said.

And that should be a gradual process. Get them up 15-20 minutes earlier every day so they are ready to roll on Day One.

If not, lack of sleep can be a bigger problem than just cranky kids.

"Some of the kids could develop attention deficits, behavioral issues irritability, mood concerns that would make everyone worried. Parents and teachers as well," said Dr. Waters.

She suggests younger grade school kids get at least 10-11 hours of sleep at night, teenagers at least 8-9 hours a night.

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