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

ect 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
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