Getting kids back into a sleep routine for school

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The days of staying up late and sleeping in are coming to an end. With the first day of school just around the corner, getting the kids back into an appropriate sleep schedule for those school hours should come way before the first school night.

"We start about two weeks before school," said Laura and Larry, the parents of 2nd and 6th graders. "We start putting them to bed about an hour earlier than we usually do."

Along with an earlier bed time, it's important to get children used to waking up at a time they'll have to during the school year.

"I get them up with me at 6:30," said Laura.

Preparing a new sleep schedule isn't recommended just for younger kids. Mom, Sheila Phillips, said her teenagers also prepare to get back into the swing of things.

"I try to enforce 10 p.m. quiet time," said Phillips. "They should be in their room with the lights off."

Phillips said she's noticed it's harder to get her teenagers back into a routine than it is for her second grader.

"They tend to stay up on their phones and computers," said Phillips. "They text their friends and they're always facebooking."

Getting your children on a school sleep schedule is important. Not only does it help make getting ready on the first day easier, it also helps your child once they've made it to the classroom.

"It helps getting up, getting them ready and able to concentrate," said Laura.

Other tips to get your child ready for back to school are things like maintaining the new sleep schedule.

Once they've gotten used to the new routine, don't use the weekends as a way to "catch up on sleep.

Limit any caffeine after noon and especially at night, and keep television or other electronic distractions to a minimum before bed time.

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