WTAP @ 5 To Your Health: Back To School Sleep

By: Christi Paul
By: Christi Paul

Students across the country are heading back to school and for many his means getting used to a change in bedtime.

In today's Health Minute, Christi Paul offers us tips on how to help your kids back into the early to bed, early to rise routine.

Staying up late, sleeping in... Ahh, the easy going tempo of summer is coming to an end and that usually means a change in sleep habits.

Good morning! Time for school.

Helping your child get back to an early bedtime routine takes a little planning.

"I'm going to have them start going to bed earlier, like an hour earlier, and then 2 hours earlier."

Experts say about a week before school begins, have your child go to bed one hour before their current bedtime .

Keep to that schedule for several days, and then shift back another hour,

Because lack of sleep can affect a child's classroom performance.

"It can impair a child's learning, have difficulty with memory and concentration and focus."

The amount of sleep your child needs varies according to age.

"A child between kindergarten and about 6th grade needs 10 - 11 hours of sleep. And anyone older than that needs at least 8 - 9 hours of sleep every single night."

Dr. Shu recommends creating a quiet, comfortable place for your child to sleep - keeping high-tech gadgets, computers and televisions out of the bedroom.

For Today's Health Minute, I'm Christi Paul.

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