Navigation Links
Parents Lose Sleep Too When Students Begin School, Says Atlanta Sleep Medicine Clinic
Date:8/3/2009

With school starting soon, parents and children should begin transitioning to an earlier sleep schedule to avoid losing sleep with an earlier wake time. Successfully transitioning sleeping patterns will help students be mentally alert and ready to learn by the first day of school.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) August 3, 2009 -- The lazy days of summer are about to end for many around the metro Atlanta area and the rest of the country. Children, teens, and even parents who have been free to sleep in until 9:00 or 10:00 in the morning will soon need to wake up before the clock strikes 7:00 a.m. Now is the time for parents to begin transitioning their children to an earlier bedtime. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that parents and kids put "healthy sleep on the list of back-to-school necessities" and recommends gradually adjusting sleep schedules at least one week prior to the first day of school.

Russell Rosenberg, Ph.D., the Vice Chairman of the National Sleep Foundation and Director at the Atlanta Sleep Medicine Clinic says that it is important for parents to recognize the change that back to school has on their own sleep as well. "Back to school is a tumultuous time for parents too. Many parents who were able to sleep later have to get up an hour or two earlier when the school year starts again. Parents of grade school and middle school kids are hit the worst because they have to make lunches and get their kids up and dressed as well. Nobody normally talks about the effect that going back to school has on parents, but it certainly does."

Deirdre Bowers, a parent in Snellville, GA, admits that her own sleep is affected when her kids go back to school in the fall. "Sorry to say, I've always been a late night person, not a morning person. So when I have to get my kids up earlier for school hours, I'm the one who gets sleep deprived the most!"

It is important that parents recognize that getting less sleep can affect disposition, learning ability, and recall. Parents with existing sleeping disorders need to be especially careful during this time of transition. Dr. Michael Lacey, the Medical Director of the Atlanta Sleep Medicine Clinic says, "Adding more sleep deprivation to someone with an existing sleep disorder such as insomnia or sleep apnea can throw him or her over the edge. This extra sleep loss can potentially harm mood, ability to function at work, and even negatively affect the entire family."

Parents should also remember that sleep is absolutely essential for children's performance at school. Angie Ledford, a parent from Loganville, GA says, "My kids have a hard time remembering things and keeping up in school if they are tired. Sometimes without enough sleep they will even get headaches."

The Atlanta Public School System recognizes that adequate sleep is an important component to a student's ability to learn and retain knowledge. The office of APS Superintendent Dr. Beverly L. Hall says, "We know from experience that a student's performance at school is dependent on the amount of sleep he or she gets the night before. A student who consistently gets enough sleep will have a higher academic aptitude compared to the child or teenager who is sleep deprived."

So how can you and your children transition successfully? Laura McHan from Lilburn, GA shares her advice: "Two weeks before school, I begin moving bedtime earlier by roughly 15 minutes a night. I also wake them up roughly 15 minutes earlier in the morning. I keep adjusting the sleep and wake times until we are where we need to be a few days before school begins. I learned this trick from Jodi Mindell's book, 'Sleeping Through The Night'".

The Atlanta Sleep Medicine Clinic reminds parents that transitioning children must be a gradual process. Going to bed earlier to change your schedule is not easy, it can't be done in just one night. As a result, parents and students who wait until the last minute will end up without the proper amount of sleep during the first few weeks of school.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends these sleep tips to help parents and children start the school year strong:

 
  • Gradually adjust to earlier sleep and wake schedules ten days to two weeks before school begins. This will set biological clocks to the new schedule.
  • Keep a regular sleep schedule, and avoid extremes on weekends. Having a regular bedtime increases the likelihood that kids -- including teens -- will get optimal sleep.
  • Establish a relaxing bedtime routine. Reading before bed is a good choice for kids of all ages and for parents.
  • Create a sleep environment that is cool, quiet, dimly lit and comfortable.
  • Keep television, video games and other electronics out of the bedroom. NSF's 2006 Sleep in America poll revealed that having electronic devices in the bedroom is associated with an increased risk of falling asleep in class and while doing homework. Eliminate exposure to electronic media (television, video and computer games etc.) within an hour of bedtime.
  • Limit caffeine, especially after lunchtime.
  • Eat well and exercise.

About The Atlanta Sleep Medicine Clinic

The Atlanta Sleep Medicine Clinic is a full service diagnostic sleep center that was established in 2008. It was founded by one of the early pioneers in sleep medicine, Russell Rosenberg, Ph. D, D.ABSM, and his longtime associate, Michael Lacey, MD, D.ABSM. The Atlanta Sleep Medicine Clinic is Georgia's first clinic to be affiliated with a well-known Sleep School, The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and Technology. For more information about The Atlanta Sleep Medicine Clinic, please visit the clinic's web site at www.atlantasleep.com. Media Contact: Laura Baareman, The Atlanta Sleep Medicine Clinic, (770)883-6679.

# # #

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/backtoschool/sleep/prweb2707894.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2009 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Informational handout key to giving parents a better understanding of CT radiation risks
2. Many Parents Share Genetic Test Findings With Kids
3. Giving CPR Kits to Kids Nudges Parents to Learn
4. Psoriasis Cure Now offers Back to School Resources for Parents of Children with Psoriasis
5. Adult offspring of parents with PTSD have lower cortisol levels
6. Parents perceptions can hamper kids asthma care, study finds
7. Parents Worries Hamper Kids Asthma Treatment
8. Parents PTSD May Boost Stress in Offspring
9. UCLA/RAND study shows that many children of HIV-positive parents are not in their custody
10. Survey From The Partnership and MetLife Foundation Reveals Important Role Todays Grandparents Play in Teens Lives
11. Tips for Parents: Teaching Children to Resolve Conflicts
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Parents Lose Sleep Too When Students Begin School, Says Atlanta Sleep Medicine Clinic
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... PurhealthRX ... CBD Oil utilizing Purzorb™ technology. Applying the Purzorb™process to full spectrum CBD oil will ... and providing a CBD form that can be easily incorporated into liquid products, while ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Lori R. Somekh, founder ... of ElderCounsel, a national organization of elder law and special needs planning attorneys. “Membership ... rules. It also provides a forum to network with elder law attorneys nationwide,” said ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Many families ... However, many long-term care insurance companies have a waiver for care if the client ... elimination period, when the family pays for care, is often waived, so the benefits ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... Ellevate Network, the leading network for professional women, brought together some of ... their inaugural Summit in New York City in June. The event was livestreamed with ... 3 million. To watch the Mobilize Women video, click here . , ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer ... one of the most popular and least understood books in the Holy Scriptures, Revelation. ... descriptions that have baffled scholars for centuries. Many have tossed it off as mere ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/4/2017)... , Oct. 4, 2017  According to the Centers for Disease Control ... of October . PhysicianOne Urgent Care is helping communities across ... NY , by offering no-cost* flu shots through the end of ... by certain health insurance regulations. ... best time to get a flu shot is by the end of ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... , Oct. 2, 2017 Halo Labs announces the ... analysis system called the HORIZON at MIBio 2017 in ... subvisible and visible particulate matter in biopharmaceutical samples with unprecedented speed ... of the novel technique Backgrounded Membrane Imaging. ... The HORIZON subvisible particle analysis system ...
(Date:9/27/2017)... and NEW YORK , Sept. 27, 2017  DarioHealth ... and big data solutions, today announced that its MyDario product is expected ... local TV listings for when The Dr. Oz Show airs in your ... The nine-time Emmy ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: