Time to get back into a school sleep routine

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  (WOTV)-  Back to school time means back to bedtime routines for most families.  Chances are the kids have gotten to go to bed a little later with the summer sunshine peaking in their windows.  Now is the time to start getting your little ones ready for back to school by easing them in to a sleep routine.    Research shows that elementary age students need on average 10-11 hours of sleep per night.  As they get older teens require roughly 8 to 9 hours.

So how to do you start the sleep transition?  Here’s my best advice.

-START EARLY.  Inch up that bedtime a little bit every day until you reach your target time.

-UNPLUG.  Put away the electronics earlier.   Having kids put down the IPad, phone, video games ect. earlier will make a big difference in helping them get to sleep earlier.

-ROUTINE.   Reestablish the night routine.  Get in the bath or shower routine followed by PJ’s, snack and bed.  Whichever order you choose create a routine and stick to it.

-BE FIRM: Set a bedtime and stick to it.

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