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

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:

 

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