The return of the school year means the return of a sleep schedule | Connecticut News

WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – School is almost back, which means homework and testing is back.

It also means adjusting their sleep routine after summer vacation.

A good night’s sleep can be the difference between a good or a bad day at school.

A Connecticut Children’s Medical Center doctor said the best way for kids to get back to a good sleep routine is to start early.

When Kevin and Deb O’Connell’s children were at school, they said they started breaking their sleep patterns early when they started back to school.

“It usually took a week for them to get back into the swing of going to bed early, getting up early, setting things up on their own,” said Kevin O’Connell of West Hartford.

“After dinner time we asked them to wrap up. If they had to go out, we brought them back earlier than they would for the rest of the summer,” said Deb O’Connell.

While a week in advance is good, Dr Lynelle Schneeberg, a pediatric sleep psychologist at Connecticut Children’s, said you could start earlier.

Starting in August, she said parents should start lifting their children 15 minutes earlier every few days.

It will also help them increase their bedtime.

“If you get your kid up, let’s start getting them up at 8:30 am instead of 8:45 am. Make sure they sort of get outside, do some activity, eat breakfast, these three things teach the brain. oh, this is my new rise time. ‘ It’s what you want, ”said Schneeberg.

At bedtime, Schneeberg said a good routine is key.

This can include things like a bedtime snack, a bath, or reading a book.

Just make sure it stays the same.

“Job number one is having a bedtime routine that’s really consistent with the same number of steps each night because kids love to add extra steps. ‘Oh, I need to pet the dog, and I have to look under the bed, ‘Schneeberg added.

A child’s age also determines how much sleep they need.

Schneeberg said preschoolers need 10 to 13 hours of sleep. Elementary school children need 9 to 12 hours of sleep, and adolescents need 8 to 10 hours.

Schneeberg stresses that good sleep habits are essential for children to perform at their best in school.

“They just behave better; they can really digest information better. They just have a much easier time with their day and then when they get home, when you sleep well, you incorporate, organize and really categorize all of those things that you learned at night, ”Schneeberg said.

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