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Adjusting Sleep Schedules for Back-to-School

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The first day of school is quickly approaching for students across the country and here at home.

Making the adjustment before school actually starts is on the minds of parents everywhere.

Susan Hendricks is here to help.

Back to the classroom means back to a regular routine and schedule.

But experts caution parents: don't wait until the last minute to adjust your child's sleep habits to get ready to go back to school.

They suggest changing your child's bedtime gradually, to ward off both behavioral and academic problems that sleepy students experience.

Try to back up the sleep time everyday maybe by 15 minutes at a time for the week or two prior to going back to school.

Other tips to help your kids unwind and get the shut eye they need? 

At least half an hour before bedtime, cut off all electronics.  sometimes the lighting can make your brain think it's still light outside and still daytime

It can also be helpful to keep the house a little bit darker starting at dinnertime... so if it's still light outside, get some room-darkening shades, blinds, curtains to kind of trick the body into thinking that it's time to go to sleep.

And finally, really limit caffeine.  So either no caffeine at all or if they're going to have it, have it at least 6 hours before bedtime.

All tips to start the new school year off right. 

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