Adjusting schedule now avoids trouble in September, experts say
FRIDAY, Aug. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep experts are reminding parents that establishing regular sleep habits should be included on children's back-to-school lists.
Children should gradually start adjusting their sleep schedules about two weeks prior to the start of the new school year, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Children need adequate sleep in order to be alert and energized and able to perform their best at school.
"Kids tend to sleep and wake up later during the summer, making the transition to the school-year sleep schedule difficult. As tempting as it is to enjoy sleeping late in the final days of summer break, getting up earlier for school will be much easier if kids begin adjusting their sleep schedules now," Richard Gelula, CEO of the NSF, said in a prepared statement.
The NSF offers the following sleep tips for the start of the school and the rest of the school year:
The NSF also offered sleep advice for parents:
The Nemours Foundation has more about children and sleep.
-- Robert Preidt
SOURCE: National Sleep Foundation, news release, August 2007